Aditi Swaminathan is not your typical mentor. Four years ago she was a mentee striving to find meaningful work.
A human resources professional with an MBA, Aditi’s decade of experience spanned India, Indonesia and the United States. Aditi had a baby soon after arriving here, so it was a year before she began seriously looking for a job and employers were not responsive.
Aditi applied to The Mentoring Partnership and was paired with Angela Agostino, Director of Human Resources at Pitney Bowes. Angela helped Aditi position her experience and encouraged her to be patient. Aditi went on to find suitable employment with a multinational transportation organization and now works with Deloitte.
Aditi always knew she wanted to share her road to success once she was established. With three years of Canadian experience under her belt, Aditi applied to become a mentor. “I knew The Mentoring Partnership would introduce me to a motivated newcomer who might also need support,” says Aditi.
Aditi now mentors Shilpa Arya, an immigrant from India whose experience and education mirrors her own. While Shilpa has been proactive in her quest to establish herself, Aditi is there as a sounding board and provides guidance along the way.
“Acting as a mentor means I have come full circle. After realizing my dream in Canada I’m happy to pay it forward,” says Aditi. When asked, Aditi is quick to confirm that she will mentor again.