We find Danish mentors to those of our members who have taken an education in another country.
- There are many different organizations and institutions providing mentoring, and we will inform our members about this and recommend them to get into contact. We perceive our mentor scheme as informal without setting firm dates and topics or firmed number of meetings. The meetings may be arranged from one to twenty a year. Therefore, we see ourselves as complementary to the other professional deals.
We believe that it is great if the mentors can share their professional networks with their mentees and help them with making a career strategy. But it is also important that the mentor can share their knowledge with the mentee in many other situations as for example, explaining why it is important to be a member of any association or, “what clothing I must have on in excavation of archaeology?”.
Currently, four pairs of mentor-mentee pairs are collaborating. One of the pairs was formed due to common interests in Chinese language. Two other couples have the same professional background, respectively, economics and medicine. The fourth pair cooperates on the Association’s development strategy (fourth year).
We are looking for more mentors with different competencies for our members.
- We would also like to find more male mentors for our members so that we can have equality in this area too and complement the strong woman to woman mentoring that we already have. All members of our women organization easily get a wide female network from the start. But usually, the network is better, if there is a balance in a sense of gender. That was also true in the countries that our members came from. Therefore, we would like to contribute in creating a gender balance, by trying to find male mentors for our members. Our goal is to use the strengths of a male network in order to strengthen the position of women in the labour market. We believe, therefore, that our project can help to promote gender equality: women and men must work together and be on the same team, support each other and learn about gender equality in Denmark. Our Association is also working to create a mentoring scheme “immigrant to immigrant”, where a well-integrated immigrant woman helps a newcomer immigrant. The purpose of this initiative is to provide newcomers a “fast track” into society, with a mentor who both understands the language and cultural background and who therefore knows some of the barriers that might be encountered.