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  • To find a job, you sometimes need a helping hand, especially when you’re young and not familiar with labour market laws. Having a mentor allows you to take stock of your background, your desires, and to respond to job offers more effectively … and it works!

    What is a mentor?

    At DUO for a JOB, a mentor is somebody who is available and who has experience in your professional field, who has been trained and who accompanies you for a maximum period of 6 months. Each week, she/he advises you, answers your questions, advises how to promote your skills, while giving you the benefit of her/his practical experience feedback. It’s a good way to take an objective look at yourself, to encourage your ambition and your self-confidence, or to extend your network.

    During the programme, your mentor can help you develop :

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    Your CV and motivation letters

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    Your self-confidence

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    Your professional network

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    Your capabilities

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    Your skills in job interviews

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    NO DIPLOMA OR EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

    A word from our mentees!

    quote I love DUO. A team that is both professional and honest. I love the attitude and energy. It can simply make life better! quote

    Yasser, 25 years old

    quote DUO is just the programme I needed. It enabled me to go further in my search efforts towards employment. I gained experience. I regret that I did not hear about this programme much sooner but I am very proud of all I have learned from it quote

    Francine, 30 years old

    quote I have learned so much. Thanks to DUO, I have regained confidence in myself. I had run out of ideas. I was lost and now I have found myself quote

    Ali, 22 years old

    To participate, you must :

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    Be between 18 and 33 years old

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    Have a non-EU nationality OR be Dutch with an immigration background (you must have at least one parent or grandparent born outside of the EU)

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    Have a valid residence permit (temporary residence permits < 6 months are not taken into account)

    My parents were born in Morocco but I was born in the Netherlands, am I eligible? icon

    Our mentoring programme is aimed at young people of foreign origin, i.e. all young people who have a foreign nationality from outside the European Union, but also all young people who are Dutch but who have a parent or grandparent who was born outside the EU.

    Why is this? It is well acknowledged that having a foreign origin is a barrier to accessing the labour market, so our action aims to restore equal opportunities for all.

    Does it really work? icon

    Having a mentor by your side really increases your chances on the job market. 7 out of 10 young people find a job, an internship or a training course thanks to their duo!

    How long does it take to find a mentor? icon

    After attending an information session, you will meet with a coordinator from Duo for a Job who will take the time to assess your background, your expectations and your personality. Following this interview, you will be matched by Duo for a Job with the mentor who best suits you! Depending on your availability, you will meet your mentor for the first time and if you want to continue the adventure together, you will start your duo!

    These steps usually take between 15 days and 1 month.

    I have a master’s degree, so I guess I don’t have the profile of the young people supported by your association? icon

    Think again! 25% of the young people we mentor have a higher education degree. In the job search, a degree is not everything. Your mentor can help you to better understand the codes of the sector, share his or her experience with you, help you build a network, etc.

    I want to work but I don’t have a business plan, can a mentor really help me? icon

    Of course! Each duo starts with an inventory to be made together: who you are, what you like to do, what your skills are, what your priorities are, etc. All this information will allow you to better define the path you want to take.

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    3 out of 4 young people find a job, an internship or training

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    9 out of 10 mentors repeat the experience