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THE EIGHT GENERATION OF THE MENTEES STARTED WITH WORK

31.01.2018

The Eight Generation of Mentees on the Pogram "Share your knowledge " on Saturday, January 27 started with a preparatory meeting their ten months works. The aim of the meeting was to present the activities of the program and that the participants can learn about the concept of mentoring. The meeting was an opportunity for mentees to know each other, and to set their own goals and hear the impressions and experiences from the program alumnas.

On behalf of partner organizations that are organizing the program, a new generation of mentees welcomed Svetlana Stefanović, Program Manager of the European Movement in Serbia, Vukica Stanković, US Embassy in Serbia, Tijana Banović, from Erste Bank and Dragana Ivetić Radić from the OSCE Mission in Serbia.

In her welcoming speech, Svetlana Stefanović emphasized that the „Share Your Knowledge Program“ has grown into a unique and rounded concept over the past eight years, opening up opportunities for personal and professional development of women, networking and socializing. She said that we live in a society that seeks to become European in the full sense of the word, and in which support for building successful women and strengthening their position and economic independence is still needed.

Vukica Stanković pointed out that the US Embassy is honored to have the opportunity to be part of the program, as well as being very happy that the program of this kind held in Serbia and successfully continued every year and thus contributes to the further empowerment of young women.

Tijana Banović
from Erste Bank Serbia congratulated to all mentees on the selection for the program and wished a happy start to work and socializing. She pointed out that Erste Bank recognizes the importance of mentoring in empowerment of women and that they all are trying to promote mentoring concept through other programs supported by the Bank.

Dragana Ivetić Radić emphasized the importance of inclusion of marginalized groups of women in the program and pointed out the program's coherence with the mission and goals of the OSCE Mission in Serbia, as well as the international recognition of the program. She emphasized that there is no good substitute for the energy and beauty of working Saturdays, from smiling and satisfied participants.

During the first part of the meeting it was talked about what mentoring is and what is not and how that should be a good mentoring relationship work. It was pointed out that the mentorship program focused entirely on developing and improvement of the mentee, but also that it is a two-way process that affects mentor as well. Mentoring program is not only designed for professional improvement, but also for personal growth. It is designed on three levels: 1. Work with a mentor; 2. Joint events on the program; 3. Cooperation and networking between mentees. Participants were advised to show more initiative then their mentors and to work together on the dynamics of cooperation and communication.

In the second part of the meeting mentees were encouraged to determine the direction of their relationship with the mentor, establishing its goals they want to achieve during the progam, as well as the areas in which they want to progress.Throught workshops they practiced setting of the goals throught SMART analysis, as well as analisysis of posibilities throught SWOT matrix.

The important part of the meeting was dedicated to the Program Alumna. They got a chance to transfer their experiences and give advice to the new generation. The girls were talking to Jelena Ivić, Sanja Milosavljević and Jasna Janus. Presentations of the alumni work are motivating because alumni pointed out that in addition to achieving its initial goals, the program is gave them a chance to gain new friends, new skills, and after completing all, become part of the Alumni Club.

Through the Knowledge and Skills Fair, mentees have tried creatively to recognize and perceive the potentials already existing in the group.

From February to November 2018, mentoring couples will be in touch, will share experiences and will occasionally meet in accordance with the agenda they define themselves on the basis of the obligations they both have in this period, but they will also gather every last Saturday on common events , share knowledge and support.

 


Project "Share your knowledge" is organized by The European Movement in Serbia for the eight year ina row, implemented in cooperation and collaboration in 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.


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