How the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade gives students unrivalled experience

May 20 2020, 4:38 pm

There’s no doubt about it: competition is high for graduates looking to join the workforce. And experience, over all else, is playing a bigger role than ever. Fortunately, one of Western Canada’s most active and influential business organizations is helping to bridge that gap.

Since 1999, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade has been running the Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) mentorship program, which connects top post-secondary students with leading industry professionals. It gives students insight into their prospective career as well as accelerated personal and professional growth.

The program is open to students entering their final year of post-secondary or graduate education at accredited institutions in the Lower Mainland. Students are required to live within Greater Vancouver.

Applicants must also be able to meet the graduation requirements of the program, which include meeting with their mentor five to seven times, attending five GVBOT events, and participating in one of the core committees.

The online application provides an opportunity for each candidate to express what they are looking to gain from the program and highlight their volunteerism to date – an important pillar of community engagement.

There is also a “speed” interview event, where candidates meet with several mentors and are evaluated on their responses to several questions related to the principles of the program.

Student participants are able to jumpstart their careers, develop job goals, and become familiar with a business setting.

Members of Vancouver’s business sector can also apply to be mentors in the program. In addition to giving back to students and the community, it’s a fantastic opportunity for them to learn from students.

The application deadline for students is on May 31, 2020, as the 2020-21 cohort begins in September. More information, including how to apply, can be found online.

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