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On Saturday 30 January, we held a preparatory meeting on the program “Share Your Knowledge - Become a Mentor." The aim of this meeting was to present the activities of the program and for the participants to learn about the participation in the program and the concept of mentoring. The meeting was an opportunity to hear impressions and experiences of the alumni, as well as to get acquainted.

On behalf of the partners who organized program the participants were welcomed by Svetlana Stefanović, of the European Movement in Serbia, Tijana Hrkalović of the United States Embassy in Serbia, and Dragana Ivetić of the OSCE Mission in Serbia.

Svetlana Stefanović's opening speech stressed that the program "Share Your Knowledge - Become a Mentor" has been in the past six years trying to establish and promote the concept of mentoring in Serbia, which is still under-developed and poorly represented. She also said that women were one of the pillars of European integration and of society.

Tijana Hrkalović has said that the last Saturday of the month became a synonym for the exchange of positive energy granted to mentees, when public events are held in the framework of the Program. Dragana Ivetić pointed out that this program has been highly ranked and known in the OSCE Mission in Serbia. She also shared with mentees her regret that the Program had not existed at the time she was at the beginning of her career, and that they should take advantage of this opportunity to the maximum.

It was stressed that the mentoring program is not only designed for professional improvement, but has actually three levels: Work with a mentor; Joint events on the program; Cooperation and networking between mentees and alumi. The participants were advised to show more initiative towards their mentors and to work together on the dynamics of cooperation and communication. Mentees in the meeting had a workshop with SWOT and SMART goals analysis, as well as a workshop that dealt with the concept of mentoring.

In the second part, mentees met alumni of the Program whom shared their experiences and impressions of the Program and the process. Tamara Dačić pointed out to mentees that if they fail to meet their targets, they will be able to achieve something else, and this being new knowledge, skills and new friends. She urged mentees to engage in the work of alumni network when the program officially ends. Sara Talijan stated all she gained from the Program, what it really meant to her and shared her story about the relationship with her mentor.

Anđela Cvetković pointed out that this program meant a lot, because it encouraged her to change and personally develop. She called mentees to consider what it was that they want and how they can work towards their goal by July; and reminded them that if they want to get something, they have to seek it. She also advised them to approach freely other mentors as well.
Nevena Šaulić said that her relationship with her mentor had a lot of influence on her development in the professional and personal aspect. She advised they should try to make a plan with a mentor and pointed out that the initiative form mentees towards mentors is crucial.

From the very interesting discussions with alumni, one message of this meeting can be taken - mentees need to take the most of the Program in aim to be satisfied with themselves and with personal development after the Program.

The project “Share Your Knowledge - Become a Mentor 2015/2016”; is implemented by the European movement in Serbia for the sixth consecutive year, in cooperation and with the support of the Embassy of the United States, Erste Bank and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The program aims to bring together professional women leaders from different professions to share their knowledge and experience with young women starting their careers with similar interests and a desire to be successful in their fields. This will contribute to creating an opportunity for these women to improve their career path with the intention to achieve a positive shift in professional and personal terms, as well as to set a sound basis for future long-term cooperation. More on the project can be viewed here.


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