Mentoring Programme: Experiences
‘The students I have met will do well in their careers, I’m not at all worried about that’ – Ville Karttunen is a mentor for students at Aalto University
A desire to help others made Ville Karttunen, Head of New Ventures at Caruna, become a mentor for students.
Business studies at Aalto complemented Jamila Awadh’s previous studies and experience. Studies led to her current position as Business and Marketing Director at Polar Glucan.
“I applied to the Aalto University Mentoring Program, and I’m glad I did, since it benefited me a lot!” says the School of Business Alumni Ambassador Miikka Huhta. He emphasizes that the Mentoring Program is a good chance to get peer support from the other mentees.
Alumnus Muhammad Ziaur Rehman: ‘No matter what you’re dreaming about, Aalto is a great place to start’
Muhammad Ziaur Rehman graduated from the Master’s Programme in Automation and Electrical Engineering.
School of Business alumnus Atte Heikkilä, who pursues an international career as a project manager in Sweden, participated in the Aalto mentoring program for the first time as a mentor last year. He recommends the program both to students and alumni: ‘Join the program with an open mind and challenge your own and the mentor's possible presumptions.’
What has been said about the mentoring programme
"Mentoring opens new angles to view your own job and worldviews."
"It's fantastic to interact with young adults and learn new things about studies, worklife and worldview of today."
“There is an outstanding reward in sharing experiences as it empowers the individual and also builds an even stronger community of tomorrow.”
“The experience that I gained guiding someone to plan and achieve his/her goals. The networking and friendship that we've built. On top of that, the inner satisfaction of helping someone was great.”
“I would highly recommend the mentoring programme to all Aalto students because you gain lots of knowledge and information from experienced people who might have done the path you aim at and can give useful guidance for the future. The conversations are very chill and the environment is very friendly, at least this was the case with my mentor. I really learnt a lot and discovered new opportunities for the future. It was an eyes-opening experience.”
“It's rather rare to be able to have several in-depth discussions with very experienced people, working in a field that you are (hopefully) interested in yourself. This person is also not your boss or manager, so the discussions can be a lot more open, and there is no need to feel pressured about asking stupid questions etc.”
“I recommend mentoring because I believe that it is important to have another person's input when trying to make your life better.”