About EntryPoint mentoring programme
EntryPoint is a cross-cultural mentoring programme that connects international talents and Finland-based professionals. Read more below!
Is this a new programme?
Not at all! EntryPoint was launched by Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce in 2016 and coordinated until mid-2021. Since then, City of Espoo has been running the program and bringing many mentees and mentors together.
In addition, you do not need to live, study and/or work in Espoo to be eligible for EntryPoint. It is about your potential, not a place of residence.
What makes EntryPoint unique:
- A two-way opportunity for growth and development over a 5-month period,
- One of the few mentoring initiatives in the capital region run completely in English,
- Access to new contacts and a supportive community of like-minded professionals,
- Over 400 happy alumni (and counting!).
Mentees’ smooth integration and boosted self-confidence are our priority. As a result, more than 40% of our mentees (2019 – 2021) found a job or internship during or after EntryPoint. However, please note that this is not an employment programme and that we cannot guarantee you a job or an internship after your participation.
Mentors’ needs are also met. For example, peer mentoring groups were formed to empower people in their mentor roles (regardless of their previous mentoring experience) and offer them more networking opportunities. Finally, from 30 to 40% of our mentors regularly sign up for at least one more round of mentoring at EntryPoint.
All programme activities celebrate diversity, while providing an inclusive and supportive environment for our participants. Everyone is encouraged to acknowledge and appreciate each other’s cultural values along with their professional and educational background.
Do not take our word for it! Watch this video to get a feeling of what EntryPoint is like(extrernal link).
Who can participate?
EntryPoint mentors are professionals with 3+ years of relevant experience from the Finnish working life within business, academia, and the public sector. They are willing to provide guidance and support to international talents in Finland, help them succeed and learn more about themselves. They walk the talk on making Finland more diverse and inclusive.
EntryPoint mentees are international talents(extrernal link) residing in Finland.
clients of Espoo’s Competence Centres for immigrants,
international degree students,
graduates from higher education institutions in Finland or abroad,
and/or aspiring professionals looking for a career change.
They do not need to reside in Espoo to join the EntryPoint mentoring programme.
Fluency in English is a must for both mentors and mentees. In addition, practicing Finnish in 1:1 meetings is encouraged, but not required.
How long will the commitment take?
Time investment is around 14-16 hours over 4-5 months. It is recommended that a mentor and mentee meet 1:1 at least four times. In addition, there will be three collective meetings with all program participants.
How does a typical round at EntryPoint look like?
Besides 4 pair meetings between a mentor and mentee, the following 2 community-centered features are integral to each EntryPoint round:
- 4 compulsory group meetings (a separate orientation session for both mentees and mentors, kick off, midterm, and wrap up events),
- 3-5 optional group meetings (workshops about career and personal development, discussions about the Finnish business culture, etc.).
As the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing, we are constantly monitoring government guidelines on physical gatherings and keeping our fingers crossed for a possibility to welcome you to the program face-to-face. Otherwise, all group meetings will be held online.
How and when can I take part in the programme?
Our next round starts in March 2022 and ends in August 2022. Please note that there will be no program activities during summer holiday season.
You can now apply for the program:
We are looking forward to receiving your application and finding you a match!
If I send my application, how likely will I join EntryPoint as a mentee or mentor?
To increase your chances of being shortlisted and matched, please fill in one of the application forms (check the links in the previous section) as thoroughly as possible.
Selection of our mentee participants is made on a competitive basis. Usually only 20 % of our mentee applicants get into the program. A tip: what separates our best applicants from the rest is clarity on who they are, what they want to achieve in Finland, and what they can offer to their mentor.
How do you match pairs? How long does it take to hear about the results?
To ensure lasting mentoring relationships, EntryPoint Programme Coordinator uses a proven technique for predicting how two individuals can form a strong mentor-mentee pair. A satisfaction rate for the matching process has been steadily rated as “excellent” by our previous and current participants.
We do not start the matching process before the application deadline. Selections results will be announced by email after we have finalized matching candidates. Those for whom we have not found a suitable mentor or mentee will be informed as well.