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  • Today, at over 50, a new life is possible. It’s scientifically proven: from the age of fifty, happiness skyrockets, reaching a kind of ecstasy by about 70! Still active or a young retiree, you dare to travel, learn, you want to share and invest in projects that interest you … You have skills and life experience, so why not put them to work for young people who need you?

    Being a volunteer mentor means making a firm commitment to a societal project that makes sense! After being trained by our association, you shall accompany a young person for 2 to 3 hours per week for a period of 6 months. Together, you get to know each other, you define a professional project, look for job offers, training, train to take interviews, talk about labour market law in France, but that’s not all!

    By sharing the experiences you have gained over the course of your career, you are truly giving a young person the chance to build their own career and, without even realising it, bringing new meaning to your own development.


    Reasons to become a mentor?


    To valorize and pass on your professional experience


    A unique and enriching human experience


    To join a network of active mentors


    To contribute to society by volunteering


    To develop new skills thanks to the program of continuing education


    No previous coaching experience required!

    To become a mentor, you :


    Are over 50 years old


    Are available 2 to 3 hours per week


    Have professional experience on which you can capitalise


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    7 out of 10 young people get a job, an internship or training


    9 out of 10 mentors repeat the experience

    A word from our Mentors!

    I find this project both promising and positive. I wanted to share my experience with others; that’s what I’m doing now with my mentee

    Luc, 65 years old

    It is so well thought out and organised that I wouldn’t stop anymore!

    Chantal, 67 years old

    With DUO for a JOB, I had the chance to pass on the best of a whole lifetime and was then surprised to realise that I was actually receiving much more in return, from both the association and my mentee

    Jacques, 70 years old

    Both exciting and rewarding, each DUO broadens the humanity’s horizons

    Françoise, 62 years old

    I’m 45, can I become a mentor? icon

    You’ll have to wait a few more years for 2 reasons: on the one hand, DUO has the will to respond to the particular problem of the lack of valuation of the skills and experience of 50+. On the other hand, we wish to guarantee the intergenerational character of the meeting. Since the young mentees who can benefit from the program are between 18 and 33 years old, and we consider a generation to last +/- 25 years, we decided to set the minimum age of the mentors at 50. 😉

    Do I really have a mentor profile? I don’t have coaching or HR experience. icon

    Coaching skills are not necessary as the initial training of mentors at DUO gives them enough advice, tools and guidance to feel comfortable in their new role as mentor. A coordinator is appointed to support the mentor in the coaching process during the 6 months of the accompaniment. Meetings between the mentors (“intervision”) are also organised to encourage the sharing of experience and the progression of each person in their role as mentor.

    Do mentors have to share their address book? icon

    There is no obligation to share your network with your mentee. The mentor’s role is primarily to raise awareness of the need to develop a network, but not necessarily to share his or her own address book. Moreover, it is not only about professional contacts. Neighbours, friends of friends, parents of schoolchildren, shopkeepers, sports partners, are all contacts that the young person can learn to use.

    I’m not sure I can become a mentor, I’m involved in other activities, I don’t have time… icon

    The time constraint is quite light as the minimum commitment is 2 hours per week on average for 6 months, which does not prevent you from going on holiday or devoting time to other activities! Moreover, our programme offers the possibility of meeting online, which allows you to save time on transport.