Mentoring

Mentoring is a relationship and confidential discussions between an experienced individual with a HE degree (mentor) and a Master's degree or doctoral student (mentee) that lasts about six months. Mentoring is a voluntary action, and aims at supporting the student in decision-making as well as career planning and management.

The student, mentee, sets targets to mentoring and communicates them to the mentor. Mentor-mentee meetings are the very essence of the mentoring programme. They are planned by the mentee, who draws an agenda for each meeting. The topics often include finding the first job after graduation, career path, strengths and weaknesses, how to make the most of the remaining studies, articulating skills and competencies, job seeking documents and work-personal life balance. The mentee actively manages the mentoring relationship: they suggest meetings and in addition to planning them, they prepare and reflect on how the mentoring targets are being met, and act upon the mentee-mentor discussions.

The mentors come as they are. They can have five years or three decades of working experience. Mentors need to be willing to openly share their expertise and experiences with the mentee in at least three mentor-mentee meetings during the programme. In the mentor, the mentee can see one potential future career path. The mentor listens, questions, challenges and gives honest feedback helping the mentee to achieve their full potential. The mentor, also, can be challenged, learns, gets to analyse own reasoning and widens networks. Mentors can sign up here year-round.

During mentoring, the university organises three meetings for all mentors and mentees (kick-off meeting, mid-way meeting, final meeting). In addition, the mentor and the mentee agree on private meetings, usually three to eight during the programme. Many mentors meet with their mentees once a month, a couple of hours at a time in for example lunch meetings or inviting their mentee to their workplace.

The application period for Master's degree students is annually in August-September and for doctoral students either in May-June or in August-September. Mentors can sign up any time. All mentors who sign up by the date when the matching process starts, will be included in the pairing.

 

Mentoring schedule for the academic year 2018-2019

This schedule applies to all Master's and doctoral degree students participating as mentees and their mentors with the exception of the selection announcement date for doctoral students: doctoral students will receive selection results from UniOGS by November 30 (i.e. not November 13).

8.10.-29.10. at 12 (noon)
Student application period
Mentors can sign up here. Please sign up by 2.11. if you wish to be matched with a mentee in 2018-2019. If you wish to participate later, you may sign up at any time.

17.10.2018 Linnanmaa, Tellus Innovation Arena / Stage (8D on the map), nearest entrance 2T / 2S
Info session for students
12.00 in Finnish
13.00 in English
Mentor: feel free to invite us to your organisation to give a brief presentation of the programme at alumni@oulu.fi.

29.10.
Students will receive the date and time for their interview by email.

31.10.-2.11.2018, 8.00-16.00
Linnanmaa, Tellus Innovation Arena / Horizon (8C on the map), nearest entrance 2T / 2S
Interviews for students
Mentors will not be interviewed

5.11. –
Matching mentees and mentors

13.11.2018
Selection is announced by email to all mentors and students.
NB: Doctoral students will receive selection results from UniOGS by November 30 (i.e. not November 13).

30.11.2018
Linnanmaa, Tellus Innovation Arena / Business Kitchen Stage (8D on the map), nearest entrance 2T / 2S                  
Training session for mentees (Master's degree and doctoral students)
9.00 in Finnish
10.00 in English

4.12.2018
Linnanmaa campus, Agora (8E on the map), nearest entrance 2T
Event starts for mentors at 16.30, mentees join at 17.15
Mentoring meeting for all mentors and mentees: you will meet with your mentor/mentee for the first time

>>>> Mentor-mentee meetings start, usually once a month, at least 3 times during the programme

12.2.2019
16.30
Linnanmaa, Tellus Innovation Arena / Stage (8D on the map), nearest entrance 2T / 2S
Mentoring meeting for all mentors and mentees. You can attend even if your mentee/mentor cannot attend.

>>>> Mentor-mentee meetings continue

25.4.2019
16.30
Linnanmaa, Tellus Innovation Arena / Stage (8D on the map), nearest entrance 2T / 2S
Mentoring meeting for all mentors and mentees. You can attend even if your mentee/mentor cannot attend.
Mentoring programme ends