Mentorship

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Mentorship is a tool for both personal and professional development.

When a mentoring relationship is successful, it has a huge potential of both personal and professional development. The modern mentorship has its roots in the USA, where it has frequently been used both in the business world and during academic studies.

Mentoring means that experienced people are acting as a mentor and a sounding board for those who still have less experience of working life. By participating in the mentoring program, you get a chance to grow your network and get new, interesting contacts.

At Hanken mentorship is organised in the form of a Mentorship programme and Flash Mentoring sessions. You can read more on both below.

The Mentorship programme

Mentoring means that experienced people are acting as a mentor and a sounding board for those who still have less experience of working life. By participating in the mentoring program, you get a chance to grow your network and get new, interesting contacts.

A past mentoring pair, Sari and Irina, share their experiences of the mentorship programme below and opens up the benefits of the programme, as well as what is expected from both parts during the process.

What are the benefits?

  • Your mentor gives you advice, inspiration and career guidance while sharing his or her knowledge and experience
  • You improve your abilities to plan your studies and future career
  • Your transition to working life will become easier, thanks to your increased knowledge of working life
  • You get valuable new contacts to the professional world – your network grows!
  • You develop your personal skills in interaction with your mentor
  • You get more confidence and better self-knowledge
  • You increase your attractiveness on the labour market
  • You can benefit from your mentor’s guidance when applying for jobs after graduation etc.

Structure of the programme

The mentor and the mentee meet once a month (approximately seven meetings during the academic year) for 1-2 hours each time. Each pair decides on a schedule and meeting routine that suits them. 

The program runs for one academic year and during the program, information and support for mentors and mentees will be provided at three common events.

The programme starts in October with a kick-off where all the pairs meet for the first time and receive information about the mentoring program, continues with a common meeting in January and ends with a final meeting in May.

Would the relationship between mentor and mentee for some reason not function, you can of course drop out of the program.

The Mentorship Programme 2017-2018

Career  Services offers a mentorship programme in Swedish both in Helsinki and Vasa. In Helsinki Career Services also offer the same programme in English for students that don´t speak Swedish. The application period for the programme of 2017-2018 has ended 15 May 2017.

 

Flash Mentoring

Flash Mentoring is a one-time meeting or discussion that enables you to learn and seek guidance from a more experienced person who can pass on relevant knowledge and experience. The purpose of Flash Mentoring is to provide a valuable learning opportunity for students while requiring a limited commitment of time and resources.

At Hanken the Flash Mentorings have mainly been organised in a group format so that each mentors will sit down for 20 minutes per a student group and then he/she will rotate to the next group. It is a free and relaxed discussion based mostly on the questions of the students.

Below you can hear more from students and mentors who attended one of our Flash Mentorings: