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I chose to become a mentor to contribute to the fantastic initiative that Mentor does every day and something that we at Sigma Technology cherish the most - making a better world in all possible ways. Tanja Cronqvist, a President at Sigma Technology Tech Network

 

Tanja Cronqvist is a President at Sigma Technology Tech Network and one of the mentors in Stockholm. We asked Tanja to share her experience of becoming and being a mentor.

 

Tell us a little about yourself and why you chose to apply to become a mentor. 

I work at Sigma Technology and, together with colleagues, run one of the companies within the Group called Sigma Technology Tech Network. We work with everything from system and architecture development to requirements management, testing, and UX design. I chose to become a mentor to contribute to the fantastic initiative that Mentor does every day and something that we at Sigma Technology cherish the most – making a better world in all possible ways.

 

What was the process of becoming a mentor? What did you think of the Mentor organization?

I sent an application to become a mentor and passed a kind of interview. Later, as the next step, I got an invitation to digital education from Mentor, where we discussed challenges and dilemmas with other mentors. I have also been involved as a coach at the school, where we got to meet a fantastically fun class and discuss self-esteem and future plans together. It was a great time to spend with the young generation and look at everything from another angle, considering my own experience. 

 

Tell us more about your mentee and your first experience as a mentor.

I and my cool mentee, took a walk on Södermalm, talked about everything, and ended with a coffee at Mosebacke. It was our first meeting together. In addition to a very first meeting over Teams, I came up with – where we were matched with each other. My youth – (as the Mentor calls it) will start a new school in the fall and become a high school student – exciting times! She also has a nice summer job before school starts.

 

How are you going to spend time together? What do you feel is most important for your mentee to receive guidance in?

For us, it is good to see each other and do some activities together. For example, next time we will have horse riding. Talking and walking, cuddling horses, kayaking, etc. can be a little easier for many. We talk about school, choosing a path, friends, work, and motivation, and that’s what my mentee needs.

 

 Do you have any tips for those thinking about becoming mentors?

I can recommend everyone to become a mentor, a value for everyone to make new contacts and networks, be able to discuss things with an outsider, share inspiration with each other or get help to get out, for example.

 

 

About Mentor and Sigma Technology’s cooperation 

Sigma Technology Group partners with Mentor Sweden, a non-profit organization working with youth empowerment through mentoring. Founded by H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden and with the WHO members back in 1996, Mentor has a vision of a world where young people are empowered to make healthy decisions. Their mentorship programs and coaching sessions provide young people with role models to enhance resilience and accelerate potential. Each year Mentor reaches 25,000 youth. Sigma Technology Group partners with Mentor in socioeconomically challenged areas in Sweden, where the need for mentoring and role models is the highest. 

The first joint mentorship program kicked off in March 2022. 

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