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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 a volunteer who

    👉 has experience in your professional field,
    👉 who has been coached by the association,
    👉  and who accompanies you free of charge for a maximum period of 6 months.

    Every week, he or she advises you, answers your questions about your career path, your skills to be developed, while giving you the benefit of his or her experience.

    This is a good way to project yourself objectively, to boost your ambition and self-confidence, and to expand your network.

    GET YOUR DREAM JOB

    Whatever your background, skills or career plans, DUO for a JOB will find the right mentor for you and help you land your dream job 🚀

    One year after the start of their duo, half of the young people have found a sustainable job (permanent or fixed-term contract of at least 3 months). If we add to this the young people who are heading for training or a professional internship, more than 70% of the participants find their way!

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    During the programme, your mentor can help you develop or improve :

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    Your professional project

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    Your self-confidence

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    Your CV and motivation letters

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    Your professional network

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    The way you handle job interviews

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    No degree or experience required

    A word from our mentees!

    We regularly talk about our mentors, our mentees, our duos… But in the shadows, discreet and attentive, are also… our coordinators!

    Jorge & Walter

    This experience led to several job interviews. I met some wonderful people who invested so much in order to help us find work.

    Arlette, Brussels, 27 years old

    It’s exactly the mentor I wanted!

    Lizhen, Brussels, 29 years old

    Excellent experience with a lot of motivating exchanges.

    Nazir, Brussels, 26 years old

    DUO is a means of doubling one’s capacity.

    Chris, Brussels, 31 years old

    I am motivated to have a coordinator as Anaïs and a mentor as Sabine who do everything for my project. I have a joie de vivre in a friendly and pleasant environment with all their kindness.

    Marie-Ange, Brussels, 24 years old

    I hadn’t met a single person like him in Belgium. We’ve really built a relationship of trust. And needless to say, I will continue to meet with him once I actually start working.” says Khalid, once again hopeful. Jean-Louis concludes, visibly touched, that he has “already received so much in return from his mentee.

    Jean-Louis & Khalid, Liege

    From the very start, I knew she was cut out to launch her own business.” explains Pascale. Meanwhile Afaf has launched her own sewing workshop! Afaf replies, “I know it’s not DUO’s main aim, but Pascale gave me incredible moral support.

    Pascale & Afaf, Brussels

    DUO is an experience that goes beyond just helping someone find work.” discovered Joëlle. “We joined forces to identify Samsam’s talents and to find out what she wanted to do with her life. Samsam adds, ” It’s thanks to people like Joëlle that I am starting to feel at home in Belgium.

    Joëlle & Samsam, Antwerp

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

    Yasser, Brussels, 25 years old

    It may just be a tiny little drop in the ocean, but I feel like mentoring my four duos has left its mark. ” says Joëlle. ” Three of the four mentees I helped have found a job. We are still in touch. It’s really satisfying as a mentor to know that you can make a difference.

    Joëlle & Jean-Hubert, Brussels

    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

    Francine, Brussels, 30 years old

    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

    Ali, Brussels, 22 years old

    To participate, you have to:

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    Be between 18 and 33 years old

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    Have a parent or grandparent born outside the European Union

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    Have a valid residence permit in Belgium (minimum 6 months)

    My parents were born in Morocco but I was born in Belgium, 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 Belgian 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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