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
Experiences of participating in the mentoring programme