University of Oulu Graduate School Mentoring Programme

"The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves."
Steven Spielberg

Information about the programme

Call for applications for Mentoring programme in academic year 2017-2018 will open in September 2017. Information about opening the call and instructions how to apply will be sent via PhD students e-mail list.

UniOGS Mentoring Programme was organized first time in 2014-2015. After that it has been organized once in an academic year and been well-liked among doctoral students. Mentoring programme starting autumn 2017 will be the fourth one in the history of Graduate School. 

Mentoring? – Discussions, sharing, guidance, development

The University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS) is starting a six-month Mentoring Programme in autumn term 2017. In mentoring, a mentor, an experienced person that has been in work-life for some time, shares his or her experience and know-how related to work-life and career development with a doctoral student (mentee). Tacit knowledge is passed on between the mentor and mentee in confidential one-to-one conversations. In addition to these one-to-one meetings Mentoring programme includes 2-3 get-together meetings with all participants.

Doctoral students working on their thesis are often concerned about many questions related to developing their career:

  • Do I want to orient myself towards an academic career?
  • What kind of wishes and requirements does the work-life outside of academia set for the doctors in job-seeking?
  • How can I best exploit my doctoral degree in my future work-life?
  • How can I exploit my own strengths and weaknesses?

Discussions between the mentor and mentee help the mentee find answers to these questions by supporting the personal and professional growth of the mentee.

Mentoring helps the mentees to clarify their own goals and to find concrete tools to proceed with their own career paths. Mentoring helps the doctoral student in professional development, clarifying the career plans, directing the studies, and developing work-life skills.

The roles of a mentor and a mentee – Openness, confidence, commitment

A mentor is an experienced professional in his/her own field willing to share his/her own know-how with a young researcher. A mentor should have at least a few years of experience in academia, or in other professional environments, or both. A mentor is willing to give support, advice, and fresh ideas that help the mentee to reflect on the challenges and possibilities offered in work-life.

A mentee is willing to learn and develop both personally and professionally, and is willing to commit to a mentoring relationship. A mentee also understands that the purpose of the mentoring is not to provide direct access to a job, although it can help in building new professional networks.


More information:

  • Coordinator Kaisa-Leena Huttunen
    kaisa-leena.huttunen @, 040 725 8888
  • Coordinator Anthony Heape
    anthony.heape @, 040 867 6666
  • Alumni coordinator Karoliina Kekki
    karoliina.kekki @, 0294 48 4027


UniOGS mentoring programme is organized as a part of ESF funded TOHTOS-project. Read more:

Last updated: 7.8.2017