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Helping Hand IV

What is Helping Hand?

This is a FREE EDUCATIONAL project for individuals interested in starting a career in the international environment, focused on learning business English, IT tools useful in work, and familiarizing themselves with modern work standards.

The project aims to show participants the specifics of working in an international environment and provide them with the opportunity to assess and strengthen their language skills through training conducted entirely in English and dedicated individual conversations in Business English. All project activities will be carried out by employees - volunteers from State Street, who will share their knowledge and experience with participants to help them achieve their chosen professional goals.

Who is the project directed to?

The fourth, special edition of Helping Hand is directed to individuals with disabilities whose health conditions allows them to perform mental work requiring teamwork and remote communication.

We invite individuals who wish to acquire new skills in job searching, business communication, soft skills desired in the job market, and familiarize themselves with the specifics of working in international corporations that actively implement inclusion and diversity policies for individuals with special needs.

We require at least a communicative proficiency in English and the availability to participate in at least 80% of the training sessions outlined in the program.


The online training sessions will take place from June 10 to June 21, 2024.
Other project activities, such as mentoring, coaching, and language conversations, will be conducted from July to October 2024.

As part of the project, we offer:

  • Real-time online training in English (approximately 5 hours per day)
  • Individual conversations in Business English
  • One-on-one meetings with a mentor/coach
  • Job interview training (mock interview)
  • Certificate confirming acquired competencies

The project includes training in various business competencies, such as communication, time management, MS Office in a specific work environment, an inside look at the BPO/SSC sector, and support in CV preparation.

We require candidates to have:

  • At least a communicative proficiency in English
  • At least basic knowledge of MS Office
  • Strong motivation to change their professional situation

The project will enable you to:

  • Acquire new competencies
  • Expand your professional network
  • Adapt to a new work environment
  • Increase self-confidence and motivation in job searching
  • Receive individual support from an experienced mentor in your field of interest
  • Obtain a certificate confirming progress in skills and knowledge
  • Exchange experiences and establish connections with individuals in similar situations to yours

Apply for the project by filling out the form in the "APPLY" tab located above the project description.

Here are testimonials from participants of previous editions:

"Even though I have many friends working in an international environment, the entire project opened my eyes to various aspects of working in such a company. I greatly appreciate the time spent both during mentoring sessions and English language classes (...) We worked on my CV. [My English tutor] also helped me prepare for job interviews in English. She was always open to assistance and inspired me with good books to read on specific topics and places where I could find more information. [My mentor] helped me achieve my goals in terms of creating my CV and preparing for job interviews. She also helped me build confidence by sharing her experience and knowledge (...) I applied for a job at State Street during my participation in Helping Hand and received a job offer (...) I am starting a new job in December! I think this is the best review of this program and how it worked for me :) Thank you, Stella Virium, and the State Street team for the dedicated time and excellent work."

Anna C:

First and foremost, thank you for the opportunity I received from you. It happened at a time when I failed a certain exam, and it seemed like nothing would change in my life. Oh, how wrong I was, :) Two weeks of meetings with State Street and Your Foundation became the foundation for me to build the sense that life would still be beautiful. During the meetings, I outlined what I wanted to do in my professional life. Above all, I found a job. I found it on my own, without anyone's help. I went to the job interview confident in my strengths but also unafraid to talk about possible challenges from my side (children = illnesses and other unforeseen situations). To start with, I received a salary much higher than I had envisioned for myself. These are my personal successes but also the successes of your Foundation and State Street. You bring out the best in women and don't let them feel inferior just because they haven't worked professionally for most of their lives. Thank you for everything!

Anna R:

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