The Mentorship Program

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals Mentorship Program is a 6-month program consisting of 4 mandatory seminars and workshops, including a final evaluating and closing meeting. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals Mentorship Program was launched in October 2012. It strives to provide participants with the opportunity to grow in their careers and to enrich their personal developments by exchanging experiences, views, and knowledge. By utilizing the Chamber’s extensive network of international business leaders, the program offers Young Professionals a unique Mentor experience.

The Program
The highly successful program includes one-to-one sessions, seminars, and workshops. It is designed for Young Professionals between 25 and 36 years old with high ambitions to develop and grow. The ideal Mentee has a few years of work experience and knowledge of managing and executing projects.

One-on-one Meetings
One-on-one meetings are encouraged to take place once every six weeks, offering opportunities for in-depth discussions while creating strong personal bonds. There will also be a possibility for personal meetings one-on-one at the seminars and workshops.

Seminars and Workshops
4 mandatory seminars and workshops are scheduled throughout the year to guide you through the Mentorship Program, and to help you reach your goal for personal growth and development, as well as to share experiences and insights with others and building on your business network.

Who?
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals Mentorship Program is open to all members and encourages both mentors and mentees to register.

With this program, MercuriUrval and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, in co-operation, is supporting the next generation’s leaders by connecting Mentees from the Young Professionals with mentors from the Chamber’s extensive network of international leaders.

Why?
What makes the difference between a career that thrives and one that stalls? For many in the business world, it’s a mentor. In addition to helping you define your professional development path, a mentor an help you deal with the everyday concerns in the daily job life. While one should never blindly follow in the footsteps of others, the lessons learned from others’ experiences and missteps, can prove invaluable.

How?
The Mentor/Mentee couples will be selected carefully according to the application forms by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in close co-operations with the Program Leader. After mentors are paired up with mentees both Mentors and Mentees are participating at the four scheduled Workshops and Seminars throughout the year both as individuals and as couple. At these Seminars and Workshops time has also been included for one-to-one meetings between the Mentor and the Mentee.

When?
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals Mentorship Program is a 6-month program consisting of 4 mandatory Seminars and Workshops including a final evaluating and closing meeting. In between the mandatory meetings the participants are encouraged to plan one-to-one meetings in person or via skype.

What?
During the whole year you will learn about the benefits of having a Mentor or being the Mentor to a Mentee and how to get the most out of a Mentorship relation. You will also build on your (business) network within the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and get to know and share ideas with other members both from the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and YP Young Professionals.

Time Schedule and Program Details 2017/2018

October 31, 2017

Introduction and speed dating

During the first meeting, the Kick-off, you will meet your Mentor/Mentee and you will get introduced to the Mentorship program. The program material will be supplied, including a Mentorship agreement. At this first meeting, you  will as Mentee receive the book The strength finder with a personal code to conduct your own personal strength finder test, which will be used throughout the program to better define your goals and set-up your plan. At the kick-off, we will also have our Kick-off Speed Dating session to get to know each other better and to make it possible to build your business network from day 1.

December 7, 2017

Personal development

During this workshop, we will increase our insight in the impact we have, or not have, with our way of behaving in our professional environment. We will work with the core quadrant methodology and use your core competences and strengths from The Strenght Finder to make the exercise practical and personalized.

February 6, 2018

International Business Culture and Networking Skills

April 24, 2018

Final dinner, your career and development: reflections, plans, actions.

We have the final dinner and the evaluation of the Program. We will reflect on what we have learned, what changes have taken place and the lessons we learned for the future. We will have a Q and A with the group on how to apply for new jobs, how to grow and do’s and don’ts in your professional life.

What are the benefits as a Mentor?

Mentorship endorsement by Marcel Damen

“Being a mentor is an excellent opportunity to stay in touch with the younger generations, that are just exploring the labour market. It gives you insight in what drives young people and often the differences are amazing compared to your own experiences from the past.

At certain stages you could question whether it is really the generation that changed over time, or whether the changes are just significant in the stages of their lives.

The sessions I had with my mentee gave me a good insight in what is important to attract young people for corporate enterprises, but also for the mentee to understand how to position yourself as a youngster in a corporate enterprise.

I can recommend these kinds of mentorships for everyone active in multi-generation environments. It will make life much easier in understanding each other.”

What are the benefits as a Mentee?

Mentorship endorsement by Magnus Nolgren

“As many other moving to a new country I left a job, apartment, colleagues along with so many other things. Even though the cultures and countries seem to be alike on the surface there are were still challenges I faced looking for a new career in a new country.

Even before I left Sweden I signed up to become a member of the Young Professional, and since I had experience from setting up Mentorship programs I felt it was a great opportunity to join the one provided by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce. Why not right? I got provided with tools and people to support my personal and career development.

For me, it was a no-brainer to sign up, even though I didn’t know what to expect in terms of quality and what outcome. The first session was way above my expectations. High level of both the mentors and the mentees, well arranged and just a friendly and open atmosphere with people sharing the same ambitions with yet completely different backgrounds.

So what about the outcome? I am in the line of work that I want to be in thanks to a joint effort with my mentor. I gained great insights and perspectives (thank you Marcel) which I will carry with into future jobs, assignments and in my private life.  I have extended my network enormously, had great fun participating in both the one-one session and group sessions.

So to summarize this is an amazing opportunity if you are looking to:

  • Invest in your personal development/career development
  • Expand your professional network”

 

For further information regarding the Mentorship Program please don’t hesistate to contact the Swedish Chamber of Commerce by sending an email to info@swedishchamber.nl

This Program is made possible and offered free of charge to our members by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Mercuri Urval.

Meet our mentors

Malin Hedlund
Camilla Mattsson
Kees van den Ende
Marianne Johansson
Magnus Nolgren
Pernilla Guitink Svensson
Wilma Buis, Mercuri Urval Program Coach
Remy Steijger

Read their presentations here!