Mid of 2016, job4U2 has launched an initiative to set up some mentoring partnerships for our dual career clients or former clients, professionals who moved to Switzerland to facilitate the career mobility of their spouses or partners and who are now either working in Switzerland or in the process to land their next job.
The mentoring partnership is placed under the sign of volunteering and mentors and mentees have all freedom to get organised as it suits them in the frame of a 2 years’ commitment to meet or talk 4 times a year time.
We received many positive reactions to our call for mentors and are pleased to see some mentoring partnerships in place and to witness the relationships evolution over the time.
It is now the time to reflect on this initiative and to ask our mentors how the live this experience. We have interviewed on of the very first job4U2 mentor, Nicolas to ask him to share with us his first impressions:
Sandrine @job4u2: “Nicolas, can you please explain in a nutshell, what is your mentor mentee relationship like? “
Nicolas @Mentor: “The relation installed between the mentor and its mentee is a relation based on trust, respect, and authenticity with in backdrop an exchange of the past work experiences and the future visions.”
Sandrine @job4u2: “What, in the first place has motivated you to enter in this mentorship program?”
Nicolas @Mentor: “The first vision I had for this mentorship program was sharing professional experience and also equally important, the human aspect that these exchanges can have.”
Sandrine @job4u2: “How have you heard about this initiative?”
Nicolas @Mentor: “The idea came from the Human Resources manager of the international company where I work and who happens to know Sandrine well. She thought that I could be part of this program and that I could have some interest in it. The concept pleased me, having had in the past the possibility of taking advantage of a mentorship program myself.”
Sandrine @job4u2: if you should select 3 words that express the best what is this mentoring activity for you, what would they be?
Nicolas @Mentor: “Sharing, Vision and Discovery”
Sandrine @job4u2:” Is there anything you would like to add?”
Nicolas @Mentor: “To all professionals who feel the desire to share and to discover its environment through a new and different point of view, I recommend to engage in such a relation of mentoring.”
Sandrine @job4u2: “Many thanks Nicolas, I wish you a fulfilling continued mentoring experience with your mentee”.
Job4U2 is continuously looking for more mentors, should you think that is something you would like to be involved in, please register here .
Sandrine van den Oudenhoven
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About the author:
Sandrine van den Oudenhoven helps dual career couples to make their relocation in Switzerland a project for both. With the job4U2 programs, she is supporting the accompanying partners’ professional integration by sharing her knowledge of the Swiss economic network, of the recruiters’ expectations and custom, but also by deploying her ability to nurture individuals’ motivation and positive energy during this period of major changes.