Thank you mentors and mentees for your applications to the Mentroing Programme 2020-2021!

Application period has ended. The schedule for next year will be published in autumn 2021.


Student, do you need support and motivation in defining your career path? Do you want to discuss work life and studies with an experienced professional?  

Mentoring is a relationship and confidential discussions between an experienced individual with a higher education degree (mentor) and a Master's 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.

The sessions can be held either face-to-face or online.  Face-to-face meetings depend on the current instructions and recommendations to face-to-face meetings, place of residence and agreement of the participants. Remote meetings with your pair can be more intimate and make it easier to plan the schedules. 

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

Check out the schedule for the academic year 2020–2021. The application period for the mentoring programme 2020–2021 has ended. 

Who can participate?

The Mentoring Programme is open to the Master's students of the University of Oulu who have enrolled to the University of Oulu for the academic year 2020-2021. Both domestic and international students can apply. The joint events are held in English. The joint events may be held also remotely, depending on the instructions regarding events and gatherings druing the programme. The mentoring pairs may also organise their one-to-one meetings remotely during the whole programme, if they wish, and if face-to-face meetings are not recommended. 

Doctoral students can apply at any point. For those doctoral students who are interested in participating in mentoring as a mentee, please contact uniogs(at)

If you have anykind of idea of your future career, and you have given a thought what your dream job could be but you don't quite know how to get there, or it feels difficult to identify your skills, mentoring can help. The Mentoring Programme is most useful to students who are close to finishing their studies and are getting closer to the transition to work life.


Have you already graduated or will graduate before the start of the programme, but are you interested in mentoring?

Suomen mentorit offer in different locations in Finland free mentoring to recent graduates or students in the final meters of their studies. Please see the schedule for their mentoring programme. 


”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 aiming and achieving your dream career
  • self-development and challenging yourself
  • finding out and expressing 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

The Mentoring Programme requires commitment and enthusiasm from both the mentor and the mentee. The programme consists mainly of one-to-one discussions between the mentor and the mentee. Mentees set targets for the meetings through their own questions and points of interest. Usually, the one-to-one meetings take place once a month, but at least three times during the programme. They can be organised remotely online as well. The mentoring pairs can never be matched 100 %  as the participants had wished for. 

Examples of topics to discuss:

  • finding a first job, moving 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-life balance.

During mentoring, the university organizes three meetings for all mentors and mentees (kick-off meeting, mid-way meeting, final meeting). The meetings might be organised also online. 


”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 mentor and the mentee (student) are active participants in the mentoring process. However, the mentee has the main responsibility of planning the meetings and making sure that the goals are clear. When attending the programme, the mentee should have an idea of the possibilities regarding the future career and the type of work he/she would like to do, so that the mentor knows how and where to provide support. 


During this process your own thoughts become clearer, your self-confidence develops, and you can look forward to the future with confidence. Mentees set targets for the mentoring process and make sure that the relationship is progressing.

The mentee

  • 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

Become a mentee?


The mentors come as they are and share their expertise and experiences with the mentee during the one-on-one meetings. The mentor represents one possible career path to their mentee (and not primarly the company they work for) .

    The mentor

    • 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, learns new things, gets to analyse own reasoning and widen network.

    Interested in being a mentor?


    More information

    Riitta Arffman
    Alumni Coordinator

    Outi Tolonen
    Career Specialist

    The emails follow the format: firstname.lastname(at)

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