On our platform young people from all over the world can find a mentor and you can offer to serve as one!
Biz4d stands for “business for development” and, through international mentoring, promotes a unique combination of three different dimensions of development: personal development, professional development and international development.
We provide an international platform for you to connect – and mentors and mentees alike reap the beneﬁts.
If you are curious about how you can contribute as a mentor, have a look at the benefits of being a mentor and register. By completing your personal profile you will inform potential mentees on your own area of expertise and knowledge.
Please find our three different dimensions of development below.
Mentoring is a great tool for challenging both mentees and mentors towards personal growth and personal development.
From a mentee's perspective this is obvious, since the very purpose of mentoring is the personal development of the mentee. Mentors will support their mentees in their goals setting process, empowering them to overcome challenges on the route. Mentors can also help their mentees to get access to new networks and important information sources.
From a mentor's perspective, personal development may seem less obvious. Nevertheless, it is an important outcome of any mentoring process and strongly supported at biz4d. We provide our mentors with a mentoring handbook, which empowers them to grow and learn within the process and increasingly become better mentors.
A mentor may choose to work in a foreign language and enhance fluency and intercultural working experience. Beyond this, we offer personal support and thus try to ensure the mentor will receive the right input at the right time. By choosing the biz4d mentoring programme, mentors will develop skills to become better listeners, more emphatic, culturally sensitive and to sharpen their problem-solving skills.
Improved language skills, additional international working experience, new international contacts and networks, collaboration on new projects and business ideas, enhancement of technical expertise and competencies in a specific field, insights into a different business environment, trustful exchange between generations – all these fantastic outcomes show that mentoring through biz4d reaches far beyond personal development.
International mentoring at biz4d lies the ground for better career progression within your current company. It also empowers both mentors and mentees to recognise challenges as opportunities and to potentially come up with new business ideas and projects.
When a company undertakes our CSR Mentoring Programme it will benefit from its own employees's professional development. In fact the programme can develop your employees' skills.
Giving employees the exposure to serve as mentors, will catalyse the improvement of their leadership skills.
When mentoring is done in an international context, their foreign language skills will improve. This, and the potential of accessing your mentees' professional network, may facilitate accessing new regions for your company.
Professional development does thus refer to both individuals advancing their career through demonstrated leadership skills, as well as to the advancement of your company - due to better employees skills, higher retention rates, access to new networks internationally and consequently a healthier bottom line.
Developing countries, on continents such as Africa and Asia, are experiencing an enormous increase in entrepreneurial activities. By offering your unique set of experience and knowledge as a mentor, you can give a strong contribution to the improvement of your mentee's skill base, which will in turn benefit his/her local community as well, as it happened in the case of Aicha, the woman whose story inspired the creation of biz4d.
Through collaboration of responsible citizens, who are going to volunteer as mentors, we can help reducing the international disparities we are constantly facing in our day to day life, expanding opportunities to young professionals and/or entrepreneurs from anywhere in the world.
We are trying to initiate a new way of getting socially engaged and reduce international disparities: cooperating instead of donating!
And who knows, when many people will follow our example it will generate a snowballing effect which may potentially impact on the society as a whole, thus being true to our idea of “business for development”.
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