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Mentoring program 2017-2018

ECHO, Expertise center for Diversity policy is organizing a mentoring program for Dutch students with a non-western background from November 2017 to June 2018. Participating companies and organizations are the municipality of Amsterdam, Google, Hogan Lovells, KPMG, KPN, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Schiphol Group, Shell.

This mentoring program is intended for students in the final phase of their studies (college and university) and who are transitioning to the labor market. Students who just graduated (up to 6 months) and are still looking for job opportunities are also eligible.

Did you have to overcome many obstacles in your academic career, for instance because you’re the first in your family who attended university (of applied sciences)? Do you need a sparring partner from the corporate world who can help you navigate the labor market and provide you with feedback? Are you looking for a mentor who takes your cultural identity and experience into account? Then sign up now for the 2017-2018 Mentoring Program!

Click here to download the application form. (Please note the application form is in Dutch, you can fill out the form in English).

Young Professionals are eager to share their network and experience to coach you in your quest for a first job.

Set up

During the Mentoring Program you will be paired with a mentor, a(n) (international) Professional from one of the participating companies. With your mentor you’ll discuss subjects that are relevant to you, for example, your ambitions and doubts about the transition to working life. It’s your learning experience, so you decide on the topics. It does take some preparation on your part, because we expect you to maximize your learning experience. The mentors themselves have graduated not too long ago. They are all motivated and eager to assist and support you.


The goal of this Mentoring Program is twofold: Mentors hope to help you focus with your orientation on the labor market in an informal way. On the other hand, they also feel they are able learn from you. The companies involved believe that diverse teams are more innovative and therefore it is important that professionals continue to evolve in the field of management of diversity. With this initiative we hope to achieve mutual knowledge and inspiration and to support you, if desired, in your search for your first job in the industry.


The Mentoring program is carried out on an annual basis. It starts in November 2017 and ends in June 2018. During the mentoring program, three plenary sessions take place.

Kickoff Session: 29 November 2017, 15.00-1700 at New Babylon Meeting Center, The Hague

During the kickoff session we discuss the “rules of the game” during the mentoring program. Mentors and mentees will meet each other for the first time and you will set up the first meetings.

Reflection session mentees: 6 February 2018, 15.00-17.00 at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, The Hague 

During the reflection session mentees will get a workshop that is focused on the questions they have posed during the program, such as networking skills, or advice on job application procedures.

Reflection sessions mentors: 14 February 2018, 15.00-17.00 at the municipality of Amsterdam, Amsterdam

The mentors also get together for a reflection session. This session is focused on their mentoring skills.

Close out session: 20 June 2018, 15.00-17.00 at KPMG, Amstelveen

The mentoring program will end with a close out session and certificate ceremony.

Individual meetings mentor/mentee

Between the plenary sessions, mentees are required to schedule at least 1 individual appointment per month with their mentor. During these meetings, topics may discussed by the mentee that address their needs and challenges, for example ambitions and doubts about the transition to working life. The responsibility lies mainly with the mentee to determine the agenda, with the mentor offering tailor-made support and guidance.

Sign up

ECHO has been asked to take on the coordination of this program. If you want to participate in this Mentoring Program and you are available in the period November 2017-June 2018, sign up now and make sure to turn in your application with your CV before November 6th, 2017 via the registration form. For information or the registration form please contact Pravini Baboeram from ECHO at: Spots are limited so act fast. Students who graduate within six months or who just graduated but still have no job, are given priority.

(Photo: Richard Mouw, close out sessions mentoring program at the municipality of Amsterdam)