Build Your Own Experience (BYOE)

Design an independent mentorship experience that aligns with your career goals by initiating connections with industry professionals.


  • You are in any level or program and want to design your own mentorship experience based on your career development goals which will guide your search for mentors
  • Identify and initiate contact with industry professionals who can support you in working towards your goals



  • You are an industry professional who is interested in mentoring through providing one-time interactions, presentations, workshops or career development challenges
  • Participate in Build Your Own Experience by being contacted independently by a mentee or through Riipen 
  • Interested in learning more about the BYOE option and whether this style of mentorship is right for you? Connect with the InSPIRE Mentoring Team at


How does BYOE work? What are the mentee’s next steps?

  • Complete the BYOE mentee registration form
  • The InSPIRE Mentoring Team processes BYOE Mentee registrations on a weekly basis
  • Receive a welcome email and “BYOE Workbook” within one week of the processing of your registration form
  • Identify career development goals using the “BYOE Workbook” in preparation for contacting potential mentors
  • Engage in meaningful relationship building and networking experiences with as many mentors as you deem necessary to achieve your goals
  • Experiences may include informational interviews, video chats, email conversations, industry or networking events, short job shadows (virtual or in person) or other opportunities that help you to achieve your goals
  • Receive monthly check-in emails about the progress of your goals and to provide information about upcoming events
  • Track mentorship hours which are validated by each mentor and submitted to the InSPIRE Mentoring Team at for Co-Curricular Record recognition after completing 10 hours
  • Have the opportunity to participate in mentorship experiences through Riipen or the Fanshawe Virtual Cafe (if applicable)



Questions? Contact the InSPiRE Mentoring Team at