Mentoring

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

The student, mentee, sets targets to mentoring and communicates them to the mentor. It falls to the mentee to actively manage the mentoring relationship: she/he suggests meetings, plans them, prepares for them and reflects on how the mentoring targets are being met.

The mentor enters the mentoring programme as she/he is sharing her/his expertise and experience in the mentor-mentee meetings. In the mentor, the mentee can see one potential future career path. The mentor listens, questions, challenges and gives honest feedback. The mentor helps the mentee reach her/his full potential - and also the mentor can get challenged, learns, get to analyse own reasoning and widens networks.

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.

Mentor-mentee meetings are the very substance of the mentoring programme. They are planned by the mentee, who draws an agenda for each meeting. Often the themes include finding the first job after graduation, career path, strengths and weaknesses in competencies and how to make the most of the remaining studies, articulating skills and competencies, job seeking documents and work-personal life balance.

 

Schedule 2017-2018 for Master's degree mentees and their mentors

4.9.-21.9. at 12 (noon)
Application period for Master's degree and doctoral students.
Mentors can sign up here. Mentors can an sign up year-round.

19.9. Info session for Master's degree and doctoral students, Tellus Innovation Arena / Stage
9.00 in Finnish, 9.30 in English
14.00 in Finnish, 14.30 in English

27.9.2017 8.00-16.00, Tellus Innovation Arena / Aspire, Brisk, Frost
Interviews for applicants (Master's degree and doctoral students). Applicants will receive the interview time after application deadline.
Mentors will not be interviewed.

6.10.2017
Selection will be announced to mentors and mentees.

17.10.2017 Tellus Innovation Arena / Stage
Kick-off meeting
Mentors at 16.30, mentees join at 17.15

Mentor-mentee meetings start

23.1.2018 at 16.30 Tellus Innovation Arena / Stage
Mid-way meeting for all mentors and mentees

Mentor-mentee meetings continue

17.4.2018 at 16.30 Tellus Innovation Arena / Stage
Final meeting, programme ends

 

Schedule 2017-2018 for doctoral students and their mentors

4.9.-21.9. at 12 (noon)
Application period
Mentors' sign up form here, mentors can sign up year-round

19.9. Info session for Master's degree and doctoral students, Tellus Innovation Arena / Stage
9.00 in Finnish, 9.30 in English
14.00 in Finnish, 14.30 in English

27.9.2017 8.00-16.00, Tellus Innovation Arena / Aspire, Brisk, Frost
Interviews for students. Applicants will receive the interview time after application deadline.
Mentors will not be interviewed.

28.11.2017 at 16.30, venue TBC
Kick-off meeting
Mentors at 16.30, mentees join at 17.15

Mentor-mentee meetings start

27.2.2018 at 16.30 Tellus Innovation Arena / Stage
Mid-way meeting for all mentors and mentees

Mentor-mentee meetings continue

29.5.2018at 16.30 Tellus Innovation Arena / Stage
Final meeting, programme ends

 

Becoming a mentor

Anyone with a higher education degree and some years of working experience can become a mentor. Those wishing to mentor a doctoral student should preferably have a doctoral degree. The degree does not have to be earned at the University of Oulu. Sign up here to become a mentor.  We will contact you in September-October to confirm if we were able to find you a suitable match; we might not find a suitable match for all mentors.

Mentors are needed from large, middle-sized and small companies, the public sector, NGOs and business owners. We would like you to have some years of working experience after graduation. Mentors need to be able to meet with the student at least 3 times during the 6-month mentoring period. Other than that, all it takes to become a mentor is an interest towards supporting a student and willingness to openly share own experiences. No previous mentoring experience is needed. It would be good if the mentor lives in the Oulu area or would be willing to see the student in Oulu at least a couple of times. Meetings via Skype, social media or other methods are also possible.

Mentoring often takes a couple of hours per month, depending on how often you will see your mentee. The minimum number of mentor-mentee meetings is 3. The mentee (student) manages the mentoring relationship, sets targets for mentoring and each meeting and plans an agenda the meetings.

The university matches mentors and mentees based on the information both parties give in their application/sign-up forms. The students are interviewed before the matching process. Usually the mentor has a similar educational backgroung (major) as the mentee but sometimes another factor might be more important, for example entrepreneurial experience.

University of Oulu alumni receive information about becoming a mentor in the university newsletter that you can get by joining the University of Oulu Alumni Network.

 

Student: become a mentee

  • Applisation period for Master's degree and doctoral students  4.9.-21.9. at 12 (noon), apply here (link active only during application period)
  • 19.9. Info session for students (info presentation), Tellus Innovation Arena / Stage, 9.00 in Finnish, 9.30 in English, 14.00 in Finnish, 14.30 in English

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. Students will be notified in the students newsletter or doctoral students through communications from the University of Oulu Graduate School. During the application period, we strongly encourage applicants to attend an info session about the programme. All applicants will be interviewed and notified of the selection. Students who are selected to participate will attend a training session. Students can only participate once during studies. Doctoral students may participate during their PhD studies even if they already participated during Master's studies. 

All Master's degree or doctoral students can apply. Priority is given to applicants close to graduation. We may have to limit the number of participants.

Mentoring aims at better self-assessment ability, undertanding own competencies, skills and opportunities as well as how to communicate them. During the mentoring programme, you will discuss career and study related topics you find important with your mentor. Your mentor comes from the UniOulu mentor pool. The mentor-mentee match is made by the university. Mentors will have several years of working experience and are often a University of Oulu graduates.

Mentoring is about personal development and gaining a better understanding of yourself, your targets and opportunities though mentor-mentee discussions. You will not be offered a traineeship of a job by your mentor nor should you ask for it. Mentoring is demanding and requires commitment throughout the whole programme: an applicant must be interested in career planning and management, motivated to learn and interested in self-development and willing to commit to manage the mentoring relationship. You must show responsibility and commitment: you define the targers, plan meetings and agenda possible with another student, prepare for meetings, manage the meeting schedule.

Your mentor will not give your answers as to what courses to complete or what coices to make to get that first job you really want or a dream start for your career. It is you and only you who can know your aspirations, set goals and work to reach your goals. Your mentor will not solve all if any of your problems; that is your role. But they will help and they will support you.

 

For more information please contact

Karoliina Kekki, firstname.lastname (at) oulu.fi
Niina Marostenmäki, firstname.lastname (at) oulu.fi
University of Oulu Graduate School, UniOGS (Mentoring for doctoral students): Kaisa-Leena Huttunen, firstname.lastname (at) oulu.fi

Last updated: 9.10.2017