Datum 2022-06-15
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Are you interested in meeting with students at MDU and becoming a mentor?

Moa Dahlen and Kaspar Scherteinleib.

Moa Dahlen and Kaspar Scherteinleib participated in the Mentor programme at Mälardalen University from January to March 2022 and are now sharing their experiences.

Moa is in her final year on the Bachelor’s Programme in International Business Management and Kaspar works as a Sales Manager at Lindt & Sprüngli in Switzerland and has a degree in International Management from Mälardalen University.

“When I read about the programme I thought – wow! I am in my final year, and I want to find a job, and I don’t really have any idea of what to expect, or what kind of jobs are out there. I thought it could be good to have a mentor to talk to and learn from”, says Moa when asked why she joined the Mentor programme.

“I like the contact with students and coaching, and the idea of giving something back to the university I once studied at and preparing students for what’s next. I did not have a mentor during my studies, but I participated in something called Euro-week. This gave me access to a network and that is something I believe is essential and a part of joining a Mentor programme, to expand and share your network,” explains Kaspar.

Moa, what part of the Mentor programme has been most significant for you?

“The job-related part of our conversations have been most relevant for me, which is what I need right now. We have talked about what kind of roles and positions are out there, what I am good at and what would suit me. I am planning to move to Frankfurt, Germany after my studies and getting a perspective from someone who is based outside of Sweden, like Kaspar, who also has German as his native language has been very helpful. I have only worked in Sweden before.”

Participants from around the world

The Mentor programme was arranged digitally for the first time and participants from around the world joined in - and it worked better than expected, perhaps due to the Covid-pandemic. As Kaspar explains:

“Over the past few years, with the Covid situation, we have all gotten used to digital meetings. It has been easier to meet often, and at short notice and has been very time efficient. It would have been nice to meet IRL too, but overall, it was a very valuable experience.”

“The video helps, it makes it easier to connect to the person and is much more personal than over the phone for instance,” Moa adds.

Kaspar, what advice do you have for alumni who are thinking of joining the mentor programme? Why should they join?

“It will give you new insights, from young people, so you stay young at heart. You get to take a step back and see things from another perspective. I was in the same situation myself, a graduate with insecurities and I had a challenging time finding information about possibilities and direction. You get to give advice, explain what you do and provide encouragement. If you are interested in coaching, giving something back to the university and helping young students, then it’s a wonderful experience.”

Moa, what advice do you have for students who are thinking of joining the mentor programme? Why should they join?

“Just do it. You won’t be disappointed. It doesn’t matter whether you know or don’t know what you want to do in the future. You will learn a lot about yourself and discover new opportunities.”

Are you interested in meeting with students and becoming a mentor?

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