EntryPoint helps companies and professionals to find and connect with talented international students and recent graduates in the Metropolitan region. By taking part in the EntryPoint programme you will be able to connect with up-and-coming international talent in your own field and learn how to improve your company’s internationalization process. While the programme helps mentees network and learn about the ways they can improve their own positioning in the Finnish labour market, mentors are under no obligation to employ mentees.
The application period for EntryPoint 2017 is closed.
How mentors benefit
Mentors will learn more about mentoring and coaching, strengthen their cross-cultural communication skills, and identify new skills and strengths to enhance their own professional development. Mentors will also have the opportunity to hear from mentees about their thoughts, concerns and aims regarding work life. During the mentoring process, both mentees and mentors will also be able to share their international know-how.
As a mentor you:
- will connect with up-and-coming international talents
- will get to know other mentors and mentees and extend your networks
- will learn about different working cultures and gain insight on international business and markets
- can receive support to develop your mentoring and coaching skills
- can learn about ways to advance your company’s internationalization process
- can promote your company and its brand among international talent
- can share your expertise and insight with motivated individual
- can strengthen your cross-cultural communication skills
- will learn self-assessment and identify new skills and strengths in yourself that can enhance your own professional development
Who can be a mentor
Mentors are required to have at least 5 years of working experience in Finland. Mentors can be for example team leaders, experts, managers or senior officials. The programme is open to all professionals regardless the industry. Mentors must be fluent in English.
EntryPoint Mentoring Programme is based on voluntary participation, there are no enrolment fees and participation does not require companies to recruit their mentees.
EntryPoint Mentors are expected to have:
- Readiness to take part in mentoring and collective meetings
- Broad-mindedness to listen attentively and to share knowledge, expertise, skills and time
- Openness to learn from the mentees and other mentors
- Willingness to cultivate cross-cultural competencies as well as leadership, coaching and multicultural communication skills
- Eagerness to motivate the mentee until they reach their full potential
- Readiness to offer support and encouragement to mentee
- Earnestness to provide constructive guides, positive influences and insightful perspectives on the mentee’s concerns
Mentors’ main role is to support mentees:
- in developing their professional networks in Finland
- by sharing their knowledge and experience on Finnish working life, work culture and job seeking practices
- by listening and advising in career related questions
The time commitment from mentors is around 15-21 hours. It is recommended that mentor and mentee meet one-to-one at least five times. In addition to one-to-one meetings there will be three collective meetings with all the mentors and mentees.
There is no obligation for mentors to recruit mentees.