Six of SI Turku members mentored six highly educated migrants in Southwest Finland in spring-summer 2020. The sisters worked in pairs, two mentors and two mentees. The aim was to support international talents’ careers and job seeking skills in Finland but also realize the soroptimist mentoring programme.
Cooperation in realizing the mentoring
This project was organized in cooperation with Turku University of Applied Sciences MESH project https://mesh.turkuamk.fi/ The project lasted six months and there were 8-10 meetings, including training at the beginning and networking events.
The aim of MESH-project (ESF-funded, 2019-2021) is to support people with immigrant background, in other words international talents, positioning into the Finnish labour market.
Great experience for mentors and mentees
The mentees were job seekers at the beginning of their careers in Finland. They were grateful for the support and sharing of knowledge, competencies and networks of the soroptimist sisters. For the sisters it gave the chance to do hands-on work toward the empowerment of women.
”It was wonderful to support international talents and to get to know interesting people!”
The Covid-19 situation challenged the project and only the kick-off was organized face-to-face. The rest of the process was oline. For some of the sisters this change gave the chance to participate more thoroughly.
”The online relization gave me the chance to participate because I am very busy in working life.”