Student or doctoral 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? Read more about the mentoring programme and apply!

Mentoring is a relationship and confidential discussions between an experienced individual with a higher education degree (mentor) and a Master's 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 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 2019–2020.

The application period for mentors and mentees for the academic year 2019-2020 has ended. Thank you for all the applications!

Who can participate?

The Mentoring Programme is open to the Master's students of the university of Oulu and students in the University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS). Both domestic and international students can apply. The joint events are mainly held in English.

If your future career is full of question marks and it feels difficult to identify your skills, mentoring can help. The Mentoring Programme is most useful to Master's students who are close to finishing their studies and are getiing closer to the transition to work life. Doctoral students can apply at any point.

”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

The Mentoring Programme requires commitment and enthusiasm from both the mentor and the mentee. The programme consists mainly of one-on-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-on-one meetings take place once a month, but at least three times during the programme.

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).


”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 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.


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 it progresses.

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

    Doctoral students:
    Teemu Pennanen
    Coordinator at UniOGS