Become a mentor
By becoming an EntryPoint mentor, you can improve your leadership skills and give back to the international professional community. Moreover, you get to leave your mark in making the Finnish society more diverse and inclusive.
Why should I become a mentor at EntryPoint?
It takes leadership skills, willingness to give back and 14-16 hours over 4-5 months to change someone's life for the better.
Acting as a mentor indicates a level of experience, maturity and emotional intelligence that is not instantly acquired. In other words, you have reached a milestone in your career when you know more than you think you do and when someone wants (and needs!) your guidance.
Moreover, at EntryPoint you will:
- build a meaningful relationship with someone who can bring a lot of value to your life as well,
- pick up concepts of mentoring and coaching,
- have a perfect opportunity for networking with many people with a variety of backgrounds and ideas.
- sharpen your cross-cultural communication skills,
- identify new capabilities and strengths,
… and so much more!
While EntryPoint enables mentees to network and figure out how they can establish themselves in the Finnish job market, mentors are under no obligation to employ their mentees.
How long will the commitment take?
Time investment for mentors 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 can I help the international talent I will be mentoring?
It depends on your and your mentee’s common goals. In any case you will be helping this person by:
- sharing your knowledge and experience on the Finnish working life, business culture and job search strategies,
- developing their professional network in Finland,
- listening and offering advice on (not limited to) career-related matters,
- making them feel included and confident in the new country and culture.
What kind of support will I get from the organisers?
Before meeting your mentee, you will take part in a mentor orientation session to deep dive into your role and responsibilities as a mentor.
As part of the program, you also will be invited to join a peer mentoring group with your fellow mentors. Peer learning has proven to be an effective way for our mentors to support each other, while enhancing their own confidence and mentoring potential.
Throughout the whole interaction with your mentee, the Program Coordinator remains your go-to person to address your questions and concerns.
I still have questions!
You can contact our Service Coordinator, Grace Ondo: