The heart of Aalto University’s mentoring programme consists of one-on-one meetings of the mentee and the mentor. Alongside these meetings, the mutual encounters and networking between the participants in the programme is promoted by means of joint seminars, small-group meetings and corporate visits. Aalto University's bilingual mentoring programme is open to both Finnish and foreign master's students.
You can apply for the programme already by filling in the electronic application form and attaching your CV when the application period is open.
The application contains questions about what is your motivation to apply to the programme and your hopes for the mentoring. Your information will be used in the matching of mentoring pairs, so it is of utmost importance that you complete the application carefully.
Do you have a suitable mentor candidate in mind?
Boldly go and ask them to be your mentor. Mentoring pairs thus matched in advance are welcome to join the programme.
Processing of applications
We will begin processing the applications as soon as the application period closes, so please make sure to apply on time! We will contact all the applicants in the midsummer week (week 25) after we have processed the applications and finished the matching process. We will personally inform even those for whom we may not find a suitable partner.
Those accepted into the programme (= a match found) will receive an e-mail with the name and contact information of their mentoring partner in mid-August. Be sure to check your e-mail.
Mentees are asked to contact their mentors before the mentoring programme starts. If they so desire, the mentoring partners can meet each other before the start-up seminar in September. Our goal is to find the most suitable mentoring pairs on the basis of the applicants’ wishes and objectives. The matches will be made primarily to meet the mentees’ wishes, taking also into account the wishes of the alumni who have registered as mentors. If they so desire, the mentoring programme also gives both students and alumni a great chance to have a mentoring partner from another field. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that we will find a mentor for each applicant or a mentee for every mentor candidate.
We will process all applications and CVs in absolute confidence, and we will not use the information in them for any other purpose. To encourage networking among mentoring pairs, the contact details and a brief professional profile of those approved to the mentoring programme will be shared with the other participants. Discretion and confidentiality are the core of the mentoring relationship and the programme itself.
Content of the mentoring programme
In the Aalto University Mentoring Programme, students are provided with the opportunity to meet with people who are already part of working life and develop their own abilities and expertise. The programme provides its participants with mutual benefits and collaborative opportunities.
Every year, the programme brings together three hundred Finnish and foreign students and alumni, both in Finland and abroad. The programme is a meeting ground for different fields, disciplines, nations and generations.
The core of the mentoring programme consists of one-on-one meetings between the mentee – or actor – and mentor held around once a month. Mentoring is based on a goal-oriented, long-term conversational relationship whose cornerstones include mutual openness, confidentiality and commitment. Mentoring focuses on sharing experiences, perspectives and skills and learning from another person’s experiences. A successful mentoring process requires activity and commitment from both the mentee and mentor.
It is the mentee’s responsibility to ensure that the mentoring process proceeds in a goal-oriented manner with regular meetings. At its best, the mentoring process is a two-directional and interactive relationship that is beneficial for both the mentee and mentor.