Do you want to become a mentor for a newly arrived person that wants to start or continue their career in Sweden?
In our model “introductory recruitment” the mentorship role is key to successful recruitments. Mentorship is about transferring knowledge and experience from a more experienced person to a less experienced person within a certain area, which in this case often revolves around discussing cultural differences. We have learned that both coworkers and executives find it reassuring that there’s someone there to act as a cultural intermediary for the coworker.
As a mentor, you will meet the coworker and discuss which issues that are important to work with, based on each unique situation, such as language, cultural differences, or general career development. From there you decide together how often you will meet, or jump on a call, which usually is around once per month.
During each session with the candidate, it’s very appreciated to provide constructive feedback and general coaching.
To succeed in the role as a mentor it is important to be a good listener and to have good leadership skills such as empathy, clarity in message, determination as well as an interest in personal development. To have professional experience is vital and it’s an advantage, but not a requirement, that you have experience from different cultures as well as proficiency in other languages than Swedish and English.