Become a mentor with MITT LIVS CHANS
DO YOU WANT...
- increased knowledge and insight into diversity and inclusivity?
- to expand your professional network?
- to make a difference to the lives of individuals with a foreign background and higher education?
BECOME A MENTOR FOR MITT LIVS CHANS AND MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE
Mitt Liv is on the lookout for mentors from all industries and areas of expertise for mentees with diverse education backgrounds and experiences.
We are looking for mentors who:
- Are engaged, curious, good listeners and able to support someone based on their unique circumstances and goals
- Have a higher education or equivalent experience
- Have leadership experience, though this is not a requirement. Engagement and interest in learning new things can compensate for lack of leadership experience
PLEASE NOTE: We welcome all mentors to apply regardless of mother tongue. The programme is conducted in Swedish and many mentees want to improve their professional Swedish language skills. Therefore, we recommend that the mentor has at least a foundational level of spoken and written Swedish..
The tasks of the mentor include:
- Being a sounding board for the mentee’s needs, circumstances and goals
- Guiding the mentee in questions principally about the Swedish jobs market, the job-seeking process or a specific industry
- Supporting other mentees through the group meetings, at the mentor’s discretion
STRUCTURE OF THE MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME
The mentorship programme runs over six months*. We have several programme starts per year in our regions. The programme begins with preparatory mentor training spread over two sessions with a number of group meetings where all the mentors and mentees meet. All meetings usually take place between 17:30 and 20:00. Each mentor also meets their mentee approximately once a month in addition to the group meetings.
*With the exception of the digital mentorship programme, which runs over two months. You can find more information about the differences between the programmes here.
The mentors are invited to a preparatory training session before their mentorship tasks begin. The aim of the training is:
- To increase knowledge of and interest in diversity and inclusion
- To develop coaching and supervising skills
- To expand contact networks via the other mentors
- To learn more about intercultural communication, prejudices and norms
FAQ ABOUT MITT LIV MENTORSHIP PROGRAMMES MENTOR
WHO CAN BECOME A MENTOR?
We usually recruit mentors through our collaborative partners, but there are also opportunities for external individuals to become mentors. We want people who are well established in the Swedish workplace and who are engaged in and motivated about the task. In order to finance the programme and free participation for the mentees, there is a cost for external mentors (who do not work for any of Mitt Liv’s collaborative partners). Contact us for prices.
WHAT DOES A MITT LIV MENTORSHIP CONSIST OF?
The mentorship with Mitt Liv consists of providing individual support for a person with a foreign background who do not have a job befitting their qualifications in the Swedish jobs market. Mitt Liv provides training in coaching and mentoring, and you will also get the opportunity to apply these skills practically. We match mentees and mentors according to their educational background, experience or skills as far as possible. Each mentee has applied to Mitt Liv to gain a personal and professional contact, as well as a better insight into the Swedish jobs market and how to approach it.
WHAT IS EXPECTED AND REQUIRED OF THE MENTORS?
DO MENTORS HAVE TO BE MANAGERS?
Mentors need to be well established in Swedish working life and find it rewarding to guide and contribute to another person’s personal development. Mentors must be interested and engaged in the task and of course must be able to set aside a certain amount of time for the mentorship and to build a relationship with their mentee. Many of the Mitt Liv mentors have leadership experience but this is not a requirement. Engagement and interest in learning new things can compensate for a lack of leadership experience.
HOW MUCH TIME DO MENTORS NEED TO DEVOTE TO THE MENTORSHIP?
Naturally we hope that all mentors can attend all sessions of the course (eight weekday sessions between September and February or January and June), as previous years have shown that it is beneficial for mentors to share experiences with each other and other mentees. While we do appreciate that the time commitment of the mentorship has to fit in with the mentors’ other obligations, we do recommend attendance at as many sessions as possible, and that each mentor meets their mentee one to one.
WHAT SUPPORT WILL I GET FROM MITT LIV?
As a mentor for Mitt Liv you will be offered preparatory training in diversity and inclusion as well as coaching techniques together with other mentors from various industries. The aim of the course is to prepare the mentor for their task so that they are able to employ coaching as a development tool through dialogue. We at Mitt Liv also offer continual support over the course of the programme so that the mentor and mentee can build their relationship.