Students – join the mentoring programme
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.
I applied to the programme to seek guidance for my transition from studies to working life.
Alongside one-on-one mentoring meetings, the Aalto University Mentoring Programme includes joint events that are open to all and that promote encounters between alumni and students from different fields and provide support for the mentoring process.
The one-year mentoring programme begins in September for all mentoring pairs with a common kick-off event, where the participants are informed about the programme’s purpose and goals. The mentoring pairs are also provided with a mentoring guidebook that has been created specifically for the programme. The programme concludes with a common event in March. Mentors and mentees are provided with peer support in separate events. Both mentors and mentees are also welcome to arrange discussions and organisational visits during the programme. Most events are arranged in English.
What mentoring offers to students:
- A new contact to working life
- Development of professional and job application skills
- Finding of career choices and paths
- Development of interaction and communication skills
- Cross-disciplinary encounters with Aalto University students and alumni
- New ideas and perspectives
What we expect from mentees:
- Commitment to mentoring for the duration of the programme (from September to March)
- Spending one-on-one time with the mentor once a month
- Playing an active role and taking the initiative in relation to the mentor
- The ability to set targets and agree on practical matters with the mentor
- Understanding that the mentor is not expected to offer a job or an internship
- Responding to mentoring-related inquiries and providing feedback
- if any problems arise during the programme, contact the leader of the programme: [email protected]
Mentoring requires time and commitment. Before applying, please consider carefully whether you have motivation for the mentoring process along with your studies and potential job. Remember that mentoring is for your benefit.
Every year, a few of the alumni involved in the programme live abroad. If you are planning an international career, this could be a great opportunity for you! Remote mentoring requires special commitment from a mentee since the mentoring happens through e-mail, Skype or telephone. You should also take this into account if you are planning to do exchange studies during the mentoring year, and your mentor lives in Finland. During your exchange, you should keep in contact with your mentor as best you can.
Vill du ha en svenskspråkig mentor?
We do our best to find Swedish-speaking mentors for applicants speaking Swedish as their mother tongue. In terms of mentoring material and events, the programme is provided in Finnish and English.
Alumni, are you ready for open dialogue, to share your experiences, knowledge and skills? Please read more here.
Frequently asked questions by mentees (mentoring)
I received good advice and gained professional confidence!
The heart of the programme consists of one-on-one mentoring meetings of the mentor and mentee about once a month. Furthermore, during the mentoring programme, we organise seminars and peer support evenings to promote networking between the participants and to support pair mentoring. If they so desire, the mentors and mentees may also arrange thematic discussion events and visits to different organizations.
What is required from the applicants?
Enthusiasm, motivation, willingness for self-development, ability to discuss, challenge and listen, and active attitude.
We will inform the applicants to the programme whether they have been approved or not during the midsummer week (week 25). Information on the mentoring partner and the invitation to the kick-off event will be sent to those who are matched in mid-August. We usually find suitable mentors for all student applicants to the programme, however, we cannot guarantee that all the expectations students have on their mentor will be measured up.
The programme starts with a kick-off seminar in September and ends with a closing event in March. In addition, separate peer support events are organized for mentors and mentees at the turn of the year, and another one for mentors in the spring. These events are on weeknights mainly in Otaniemi. Mentors and mentees are encouraged to organize thematic discussion events and organization visits on their own, recommendably after office hours. The manager of the programme helps with bookings and communication. All events during the mentoring programme are voluntary, and you can join them with or without your mentoring partner. Most events are arranged in English.
Absolutely not. We just need as comprehensive background information on the applicants as possible for matching students and mentors. For example, work history, hobbies, interests, family background and language skills are essential information for making good matches. Applications and CVs are processed in absolute confidence and the information in them is not used for any other purposes. All applicants are equally valuable for us!
Sometimes the mentoring process ends due to changes in the mentee’s/mentor's personal life, studies or work. In these cases, the mentoring pair should discuss openly whether continuing the process is reasonable or not. If the other party must leave the programme, we do our best to find a mentor/mentee for the person staying. In principle, we do not search for new mentors/mentees on light grounds since, based on mutual interaction, each mentoring relationship is different and unique. In case you have any further concerns or questions, we encourage you to contact the programme manager ([email protected]).
Both mentors and mentees applying for the programme are expected to commit themselves to mentoring from September to March. If you feel you are highly committed to and motivated for mentoring, we could propose remote mentoring for the duration of your exchange. Or, alternatively, we can seek a remote mentor living abroad/elsewhere in Finland for you. All applications are processed case by case.
This is not a problem. Transition from a student to a job seeker or full-time employee is a fruitful phase for mentoring. Seeking employment or starting in a new job may generate many questions and concerns, which are great topics to be discussed in the mentoring meetings.
As a rule, only persons with a student status at Aalto University at the start of the programme are eligible to apply.
Unfortunately, participating in the programme as a mentee is a once-only opportunity. In other words, persons who have participated in the Aalto University Mentoring Programme earlier are not eligible to apply. However, if you applied last year and for some reason we could not find you a mentor, you are now first on the list when matching the mentoring pairs.
Mentoring, contact information:
Manager, mentoring & alumni relations
Partnerships and corporate collaboration
+358 50 301 1608