Become a mentor?

Sign up by 11th October 2019


Student or doctoral studet, do you need support and motivation in searching for your career path? Do you want to discuss work life and studies with an experienced professional? Read more about the mentoring programme and apply!

Mentoring is a relationship and confidential discussions between an experienced individual with a HE degree (mentor) and a Master's degree or doctoral student of the University of Oulu (mentee) that lasts about six months. During this time the mentor supports the student in decision-making as well as career planning and management.

Mentoring is about mutual benefits both to students and mentors. Through discussions the students can develop their professional and personal skills. For mentors the programme offers an opportunity to get to know the new generation of the university and what the studies consist nowadays, network and have a say at the university.

Check out the schedule for the academic year 2019–2020.

Who can participate?

Mentoring programme is open to the master student of the university of Oulu and students in the University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS). Both Finnish and international students can apply. The joint events are mainly held in English.

If the future career is full of question marks and it feels difficult to see your skills, mentoring can help. Mentoring programme is most useful to master students who are close to finishing their studies and transition to work life is getting closer. Doctoral students can apply at any point.

Read more from Become a Mentee? -page.

”Mentoring programme gives you a great chance to really think about your career and future.” 

Mentee’s comment 

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is

  • discussions with a clear goal
  • support in finding a career
  • self-development and challenging yourself
  • finding out your strengths
  • sharing thoughts and experiences
  • multidisciplinary encounters.

Mentoring is not

  • looking for work, thesis or intern positions
  • thesis or dissertation supervising
  • easy answers
  • help with personal issues.

Content of the Mentoring programme

It requires commitment and enthusiasm from both the mentor and the mentee to participate the mentoring programme. Main content of the programme consists of the one-to-one discussions between the mentor and the mentee. Mentees set targets to the meetings through their own questions and points of interest. Usually the one-to-one meetings take place one in a month, but at least three times during the programme.

Examples of topics to discuss:

  • finding a first job, move ahead in career
  • mentor’s career path and studies, typical day at work
  • entrepreneurship
  • strengths and weaknesses of own skills
  • job application, job interviews, LinkedIn profile, CV
  • work-personal life balance.

During mentoring, the university organises three meetings for all mentors and mentees (kick-off meeting, mid-way meeting, final meeting).


”I definitely recommend mentoring for all students at the final phase of their studies! I have registered as a mentor four times in a row.”

Mentor's comment

Roles of the mentor and the mentee

Both the mentee and the mentor are active participants in the mentoring process. However, mentee has the main responsibility in planning the meetings and making sure that the goals are clear.


During this process your own thoughts become clearer, your self-confidence develops, and you can look forward to the future with confidence. Mentee sets targets to mentoring and make sure that the mentoring process proceeds.


  • is an active party in the process
  • articulates goals to the mentor, proposes meetings, plans them and prepares to them
  • is ready for open conversation and to receive feedback
  • reflects on how the mentoring targets are being met


The mentors come as they are and share their expertise and experiences with the mentee at the one-to-one meetings. Mentor represents one possible career path to the mentees.


    • listens, questions, challenges and gives honest feedback
    • is ready to share their own experience and support the mentee’s development
    • helps the mentee to find their own potential as an employee
    • can be challenged by the mentee, learn new things, get to analyse own reasoning and widen network.


    More information

    Riitta Arffman
    Alumni coordinator