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​The international relations mentorship toolbox is looking for 10 eager students or graduates to participate in a year-long apprenticeship in 2022.


Through a virtual and in-person mentoring and professional development programme, the mentorship toolbox will afford the next generation of leaders the opportunity to acquire first-hand skills for a career in international affairs, foreign policy, public service, and diplomacy.

Thusani Mulaudzi, the custodian of the mentorship toolbox, says: “This is a call for participants who wish to engage, explore and be mentored by professionals, but it is also a call for those who wish to be mentors to share and impart their knowledge and experience with participants.”


Once shortlisted, participants of the mentorship toolbox will undergo a once-off 30-minute induction, which prepares them for the year-long apprenticeship.


“The opportunity to learn different tasks and skills within the international relations fraternity is the strongest aspect of this mentorship programme,” Mulaudzi adds.


She notes that this mentorship platform is crucial in providing the next generation of female leaders with the necessary tools to succeed in international affairs.


“This platform provides a forum for young women to connect. It offers roundtable discussions which enable young women — those in the workforce, those in tertiary education, as well as those still in school — the opportunity to interact with leaders and role models in the foreign policy community, among others,” she explains.


Participants will also gain access to a network of young professionals during their training year.


“Our philosophy is anchored on the fact that mentoring is a two-way street, and the mentorship toolbox encourages our mentees to engage across boundaries and benefit from a wide range of available knowledge. It also offers a forum where women of all ages can broaden their networks, mentor those new to the field and be mentored by those who have come before them,” says Mulaudzi.


To become part of the Mentorship Toolbox as a mentee, submit your application to thuseix@yahoo.com; make sure to include certified copies of qualifications and an identity document, as well as a Curriculum Vitae accompanied by a cover letter. To volunteer as a mentor or for general enquiries, email thuseix@yahoo.com. Entries close on Friday, 3 December 2021.


Written by Sascha-Lee Joseph

25 November 2021