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“Mentoring Talent” first annual meeting

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The First Annual Meeting of the “Mentoring Talent” initiative was held on 8 May at Luz de Gas in Barcelona and was attended by more than 200 young people and mentors. Mentoring Talent is a project promoted by the Prince of Girona Foundation (FPdGi), in collaboration with four universities and 23 companies, which aims to increase the employability of university educated young people through mentoring. 

Participation of experts in personal branding, employment and skills development

This First Annual Meeting of “Mentoring Talent” included three presentations that were enthusiastically received by the young people attending:

Neus Arqués, writer and digital analyst, focused her talk on the importance of creating a personal brand as an employment seeking strategy and on the need to nurture your digital reputation.

Anna Quintero, Director of Marketing and Communication at Infojobs, stressed that in recruitment processes having the right attitude is more important than having the right skills, and she highlighted features such as personal integrity, consistency and being able to manage your emotions.

And finally, Ismael Palacín, Director of the Jaume Bofill Foundation, spoke about the competences of the future (and almost of the present) such as: virtual collaboration, intercultural competence and social intelligence.

An innovative project in direct contact with businesses

Thanks to this project, young people from different parts of Spain have embarked on a process of mentoring that lasts approximately six months. The Foundation analyses the profile of each young candidate –who should be university educated, have a low income and a background that does not help in their search for a job– and assigns them a suitable mentor –a committed professional working in a similar area to the young person’s studies and who may be able to guide them. There are currently 133 pairs of young people already in the process of mentoring, but the project remains permanently open and continues to analyse potential new matches taken from its database of young people and available mentors.

A space for networking

The Mentoring Talent project emphasises networking as a fundamental strategy for identifying professional opportunities. Thus, the first annual meeting gave mentors, young people, experts and collaborators a chance to meet.

To round off the event and to demonstrate the mentors’ involvement and commitment to the project, those attending enjoyed a concert given by LegEnd, a band formed of five of the project’s mentors: a doctor, a business angel, a designer, an engineer and a researcher.

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