Benefits for students include:

  • Professional networking
  • Support and encouragement from an experienced professional
  • Motivation for studying and for completing one’s studies, if the students get a better idea of their professional goal

Benefits of mentoring for the employer:

  • New perspectives from students and international students can provide ideas for internationalization within the organization
  • If the company is recruiting, a mentoring program can be an effective way to find a person who is already familiar with the company

Mentoring is most often defined as a professional relationship in which an experienced person (the mentor) assists another (the mentee) in developing specific skills and knowledge that will enhance the less-experienced person’s professional and personal growth.

Mentoring programs can be one way of connecting university students to work life, provide a tool for life/career planning, and strengthen their social networks.

What is mentoring?

  • It is a fixed-term interactive and professional “relationship” between a mentor and a mentee.
  • Mentoring is volunteer-based, and it is important that the mentor and the mentee are motivated to participate in the mentoring program.
  • It is a program that supports professional development and, when the mentees are students, it also supports their study and life planning.
  • It is a process that provides both the mentor and the mentee an opportunity to learn.
  • Mentees are always responsible for their personal learning process.

Mentoring is not friendship or a practical training period or a promise of employment.

Mentoring programs have been highly effective in Canada in terms of bringing immigrants into contact with work life! No less than 80 % of the skilled immigrants who have participated in a mentoring program have found employment through the networks that they have built during mentoring.


Group Mentoring - University of Helsinki model

Group Mentoring Guide

Workplace Pirkanmaa Materials:

Read more about mentoring programme WorkPlacePirkanmaa - Organizer's point of view
Mentoring Agreement
Mentoring Pack


Yulia Shumilova:
Experiences of participating in the mentoring programme