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New mentorship programme for international master’s students
On 27 November twelve new mentors met their students for the first time, for a dinner at the University Club. The purpose of the programme is for the mentors to get to know students with foreign language skills who will soon graduate, and with networks in other countries. The students on the other hand gain insights into the Swedish labour market and establish valuable contacts in their field of training.
The twelve students who attended the dinner come from countries including China, Mexico and India, and study master’s programmes like Computer Science, Environment Science International and European Relations. The mentors are experienced executives from businesses and organisations in Östergötland.
Göran Felldin, Director of Collaboration and External Relations at Linköping University, welcomed everyone to the start of the new programme. He is delighted with the strong interest, both from mentors and students.
“There are many students in the international master’s programmes who would love to stay in Sweden if they had the opportunity, while the region has a huge need for people with a good education and language skills. The region has been able to mobilise extremely capable mentors for our talented students, and we’re very happy to be able to help out with this.”
“I want to learn more about the Swedish labour market, and build up a network,” explains Dorothy Macharia from Kenya, a student of Business and Administration. Her questions include what is it like at Swedish workplaces, what expectations do they have of their employees, how does one get ahead here? In the future she hopes to work for an international organisation.
Her mentor, Stefan Malmström, regional manager at Danske Bank, has mentored before. He enjoys the project’s international element.
“People have helped me, especially in international contexts, so I want to contribute with my own experiences.”
Rosandra Cuello from Costa Rica hopes to work in Sweden in the future. She says that the Swedish labour market in the data and tech sector, where she is training, offers lots of opportunities. Zhenni Liang from China wants to learn more about the employment situation in Sweden. Her aim is to acquire knowledge that she can make use of when she returns to China. As for her dream job, she doesn’t yet know what that will be.
“One of the mentors put it very well: Don’t plan your career, plan your knowledge.”
In addition to the meetings with the mentors, the Career Centre at Linköping University will help the students with their CVs, and arrange study visits and seminars aimed at facilitating the transition to the Swedish labour market.
Last updated: 2013-11-29