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Meet a Mentor: Guido Guidos

After graduating from Malmö University, Guido Guidos knew he wanted to work at an international company. Realising that there was a lack of communication between the enterprises and students, he decided to get involved in the Career and Mentoring Programme.

Mentor

Born in El Salvador, Guidos came to Sweden as a teen. After a “bumpy” adolescence, he applied for the Information Architect programme at Malmö University. Today he works at Axis Communications, an intelligent security solutions company, as a tech lead and system developer.

“When I started my studies, I was convinced that companies would come to the University and headhunt the best students. That was definitely not the case. As a mentor I guess I’m trying to give back by helping implement the sort of headhunting I thought existed when I started studying,” Guidos says.

He describes the Career and Mentoring Programme as a great platform for students to get to know different organisations and enterprises. As a mentor he tries to forge connections between mentees and his own workplace.

“I’ve tried to act as a bridge between Axis and students, giving my mentees the opportunity to work, and even write their thesis at Axis during their studies. I think the best way to be a mentor is to introduce students to working life.

“During my time as the president of the Student Union at Malmö University, I had the opportunity to participate in a lot of meetings, conferences and events all over Sweden and met a lot of people from different layers of society. The difficulty of being employed in Sweden for a non-Swede was often discussed and worried students, university personal and politicians alike. The most common way to get a job in Sweden is through contacts and generally a non-Swede lacks them. But logically, an international company has overcome that issue, which is largely why I decided to work at an international company.”

Love what you do

According to Guidos, understanding the potential of different perspectives is vital in an international workplace.

“It requires respect, humility and openness, which are aspects I think are more important than skills and knowledge,” he says.

His best advice, however, is to love and enjoy the career path you have chosen.

“I think the most important thing when working for any company is to love what you do. I often interview potential employees and for me, the passion the person feels for the job is crucial.”

Last updated by Peter Martinsson