Feature Mentor at Back in Motion

Roger Isaacs is an LSS Process Lead/Senior Project Manager with Telus Communications. Roger has over 30 years of experience in the telecommunications sector in the UK and Canada. He loves adversity including the challenges of managing operational teams in a fast paced environment.

Over the past year, Roger dedicated his time and knowledge to partner with Back in Motion through our Skills Connect for Immigrants program to motivate and to help our clients develop a better understanding of Canada’s labour market, workplace culture and job search strategies.

He has facilitated the Speed Interview Events, Informational Interview sessions, mock interviews, individual and group mentorship sessions.  Our staff and clients are always left inspired and motivated after every presentation Roger has delivered.  Oh! And he has a great sense of humor too!

On behalf of management, staff and clients – we say THANK YOU Roger!!

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INTERVIEW WITH ROGER ISAACS

What interests you about mentoring others?

Meeting diverse people from diverse cultures is always interesting. What fascinates me the most is once you get beneath the surface, we are more alike than different. We all have similar needs, desires and dreams. Everyone wants to be successful.

What’s a fun fact about your mentorship experience?

Running the Speed Interview events was invigorating. The whole experience was a lot of fun, seeing people come out of their shell and expressing their hopes and fears with complete strangers was a rewarding experience.

What was the one thing your mentee taught you?

To be accepting and non-judgemental. We all have a tendency to judge people by appearance; however, people surprise us when we learn about their lives and experiences. All cultures have something to share and we can all learn from each other if we open our hearts and listen. That’s what my mentee taught me.

If you can change one thing about the mentorship program – what would it be?

At this point, not much. My only suggestion would be to encourage collaboration and provide the forum for new Canadians to build friendships and communities of support through the venues hosted by Back in Motion and other organizations.

What would you tell a friend to encourage them to be a mentor?

To do it, it will surprise you and reward you. Giving back and helping new Canadians get a positive start to their life in Canada is a rich experience.

 What’s your best moment as a mentor?

At least 3 people I have mentored through the Speed Networking events are now working in their chosen Professions. I have met them since they go their jobs, they are happy, confident and feel secure now that they are working professionals again. They can now realize their dreams and aspirations as Canadians. Can’t beat that.

Are you interested in becoming a mentor or know anyone fit for this role?

Email mentoring@skillsconnect.ca | Phone 604.575.3800 or 1.877.277.4832