Become a mentee?

Is your future career a big question mark? Is it difficult for you to figure out your own skills and goals?  Application period for the academic year 2020-20201 will be published on this web page in early autumn. 

The Mentoring Programme can provide you with new ideas and better self-knowledge if your future career path remains unclear, you find it hard to share your career-related concerns with others, and don't know how to progress in the job application process.

During mentoring you will get a better idea of who you are, what are your strengths and capabilities are, and how to communicate these to your future employer. Your discussions with your mentor will develop your self-confidence and you can look forward to the future with more confidence.

With mentoring you can

  • have a better understanding of your skills and areas to develop
  • boost your self-confidence and belief in your capabilities
  • plan your future
  • get motivation to complete your studies
  • get advice and confidence for your career choice
  • decrease fear for transition to work life
  • develop your communication and networking skills.

Your mentor doesn’t tell you what kind of choices you should make to achieve your desired job or career or answer all questions about your future. With the help of your mentor, you can find out, what you want from your future and how to get there. Your mentor is not there to offer you a job, internship or thesis position.

What does it take to participate the programme?

Mentoring requires commitment and motivation. The mentoring process proceeds with goal-oriented discussion that you plan. As a mentee you are the more active participant and set targets, propose meetings, reschedule in the event of a cancellation, and hold on to what has been agreed. Please remember that as a mentee you represent the students of University of Oulu.

Be ready to

  • invest and spend time in mentoring
  • plan meetings carefully
  • receive feedback and develop yourself
  • reflect on your career aspirations.

Who can apply as a mentee?

Master’s students of University of Oulu from all main subjects can apply for mentoring. You can apply even if you will graduate during the mentoring programme. To get the best out of the process it is required to have your bachelor’s degree completed before you apply.

You can participate in the Mentoring Programme once during your Master's studies. As a doctoral student you can apply at any time of your studies and even though you participated already during your master’s programme. You should have an idea of your expectations concerning your career after your post graduate studies. If you are a doctoral student and want to become a mentee, please contact University of Oulu Graduate School: uniogs(at)

Applicants who have proceeded furthest with their studies or have only little work experience especially in their own field come first. Keep an open mind for a mentor who has a different background than you – a person from another field may introduce completely new perspectives to your career planning.


The detailed schedule and link to the application are found on the main page of Mentoring and Tuudo. The Mentoring Programme 2019-2020 has ended and the new schedule for the academic year 2020-2021 will be published in early autumn (august or so). 

There will be two info sessions when the application period has begun, and it is warmly recommended for everyone planning to apply. The info session will give you a better idea of the requirements and content of the programme. It is also a good opportunity to ask more about mentoring.

Please fill the application carefully so we can find the most suitable mentor for you. In the application there are questions about your studies, motivation and goals and wishes for mentoring and mentor. Incompleted applications won't be taken into account during the process. 

Have you already found a mentor?

If you have a mentor candidate in your mind, approach her or him for example via LinkedIn or email. In any case, fill your application, and write down that you have already found a mentor. Your mentor doesn’t need to sign up. You don’t need to take part in the interviews but only the orientation session before the programme begins, and the meetings meant for all mentors and mentees.

Interviews after the application period

All applicants will be informed of the results at the latest in November.  Unfortunately, every year there are students who are left out of the programme. The most common reasonfor this is that we couldn’t find a suitable mentor for everyone.

Check last year's 2019-2020 schedule for more information. The new schedule for the academic year 2020-2021 will be published in early autumn. 


The approved mentees will be trained before the one-on-one meetings start. It is essential that you take part in the orientation so you get an idea of your responsibilities in the process, and have a flying start to your mentoring process. The orientation will be held a week prior to the kick-off-meeting where you will meet your mentor for the first time.

More information

Master’s degree students:
Riitta Arffman
Alumni Coordinator

Doctoral students:
University of Oulu Graduate School: uniogs(at)


Last updated: 9.6.2020