Be a mentor for an international talent
To be a mentor in Mitt Livs Chans mentoring program means that you, on an individual level, support and guide a person with a foreign background and post-secondary education who do not have a job equivalent to their skills in Sweden. We are looking for you who are established in the Swedish job market and want to contribute with your commitment and experience – a relatively small effort that can make a big difference for another person.
Because of the current Covid-19 situation, the physical networking meet-ups for the fall are preliminary - if needed, these sessions will be held digitally on the same dates and times. We also recommend all the individual mentor meetings to be held online until further notice.
Photo: Ann Jonasson Lignercrona
WHO CAN BE A MENTOR?
We’re looking for mentors from all industries and areas of expertise, as our mentees have different educational background and experiences. We match mentees and mentors primarily based on educational background, industry and working experience. We also try to make the match based on geographical proximity – but if this is not possible the mentor and mentee might be located in different geographical areas and will see each other online. As mentor you need to be:
- Established in the Swedish job market
- Committed, curious, a good listener and be capable to guide a person based on their circumstances and goals.
- Able to communicate freely in Swedish or English
YOUR TASK AS A MENTOR
As a mentor, your job is to guide and support your mentee based on the person’s needs, situation and goals. This could be questions concerning the Swedish job market, a specific industry, or giving advice in the job searching process. For the mentee it’s important that the mentor feels commitment for the assignment and can set aside the time that is necessary for building a rewarding relationship.
In order to support more mentees in the program, we are currently in need of mentors who can consider guiding more than one mentee. This means that you are matched with two (or three) mentees who you then support and coach during the program. We recommend that you meet your mentees at the same time, partly because it saves time and partly because the mentees can learn from each other as well. It’s of course up to you and your mentees how you choose to set up the meetings. If this is something you’re interested in, please indicate this in your application (we will ask the question in the application form).
THE VALUE OF BEING A MENTOR
- A sense of meaning when you can make a difference for another person
- Increased insight into issues concerning diversity and inclusion
- An expanded professional network with other mentees and mentors
- Awareness of one's own prejudices and unconscious biases, and a better understanding of other cultures
- A developed ability to lead and coach others
How do I apply?
To apply, you need to fill out our application form. Before you apply, make sure that you have decided what program you want to apply for. If you have any questions, please contact our program managers.
What happens after I have sent my application?
- You get a confirmation via email that we've received your application.
- After the application deadline you will receive information via email that we're starting the matching process. Your application, as well as if we find a matching mentee, determines if you will be enrolled in the program.
- You will receive a final acceptance email a few weeks before the program starts, where you need to confirm your participation via a link.