As part of Talent Tampere activities higher education institutions organize annual mentoring programme for international talents and degree students of TAMK, TUT and UTA and employers in Tampere. The first programme was implemented already in 2010-2011 by WorkPlace Pirkanmaa project. The concept of this mentoring programme has gained nationwide popularity and has been used as a benchmark by other universities around Finland.
What is mentoring?
Mentoring is a process whereby experienced professionals impart their knowledge and skills to mentees at the beginning of their careers. Mentoring programme aim to support the professional development of international degree students and other international talents and enable them to share their international experiences with the mentors.
As a mentee you will:
- have the opportunity to learn from a professionally experienced person
- pair up with an interesting discussion partner to talk about careers, working life and work
- have the chance to develop your job hunting skills with a personal mentor
- be able to create new networks and contacts
- have the chance to develop your intercultural communication skills
- gain support and coaching for the mentoring process
The mentors are all professionals in their own fields of specialty and work in the Tampere region. Becoming a mentor or a mentee is a voluntary arrangement and the parties receive no financial compensation.
Me as a mentee?
You can apply as a mentee if you are
- an international talent or an international student about to graduate in a year or so and pursuing a degree at Tampere University of Applied Sciences, University of Tampere, Tampere University of Technology
- interested in finding a job in Finland after graduation and/or setting up their own business
- ready to commit to the mentoring programme and participate the meetings
- keen to share your thoughts and reflect on career and employment issues
- interested in intercultural communication
- fluent in English
What does the mentoring programme includes?
- 4-5 group meetings, including an orientation. Please note that participation in the meetings is mandatory!
- Approximately 5 pair meetings during a six-month period – the mentor and mentee are free to agree on the
schedule and the precise number of the meetings
- Keep a learning diary throughout the process
- Depends on the programme, an access to support material that includes guidelines for each pair meeting, homework for the
mentee and general information on the mentoring process, the
development of intercultural competence and job hunting in Finland
- Certificate of participation of the programme. Please notice that
the certificate will be given only for students who have actively
participated the mentoring process and the mandatory meetings.
You can find more information application info and application form on Talent Tampere web page.