Become a mentor

Mentoring programmes
Mentoring is a process whereby experienced professionals impart their knowledge and skills to aspiring talents at the beginning of their careers. Mentoring is a two-way relationship that benefits both the mentee and the mentor. Talent Tampere Mentoring Programmes are coordinated by the Tampere Universities. We offer three mentoring programmes in 2019 - 2020. All three programmes are running in English. Apply now!

Mentoring offers you opportunities to

  • develop your communication skills
  • familiarize yourself with principles of coaching
  • expand your network of professional contacts through other mentors and mentees
  • share your thoughts and experiences with motivated students and graduates in your field
  • connect with potential future employees and talented, international professionals

We are looking for mentors who are:

  • professionals in their own field
  • interested in different countries and intercultural communication
  • working in the private or public sector
  • fluent in English
  • working in the Tampere region or readiness to travel to joint meetings
  • experienced with at least of 3 years of work in Finland
  • still actively in the work market
  • committed to the programme

Mentoring takes place on a voluntary basis. All three mentoring programmes running in 2019 - 2020 will start in October-November 2019. The mentors are paired up with mentees and they meet face-to-face about five times. In addition, all programmes include at least three or four group sessions for all mentors and mentees.

If you found these opportunities interesting, then mentoring is for you! Read more about the programmes and apply for the one that suits you best. On top of all, you will have an unforgettable experience.


Finland can be challenging to get started with your professional life as an international, especially if you are left without resources. If you would like to offer help to an international newcomer and to gain new skills and networks at the same time, join the International Talents´ or Hidden Gems mentoring programme and become a mentor!

Our mentoring programmes

Apply now!

Please apply by filling in the on-line form by the end of September. Tick the programme of your preference(s) in the application.

We ask for your contact info and about your motivation for applying and expectations concerning mentoring. The form is the information source for the matching of the pairs so it is very important that you complete the application carefully.

We will begin processing the applications as soon as the application period ends at the end of September. We will contact all the applicants after we have processed the applications and finished the matching process. We will personally inform also those for whom we may not find a suitable partner. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that we will find a mentor for each applicant or a mentee for every mentor candidate. By mid-October latest the pairs will be matched and applicants will be contacted.

We will process all applications in absolute confidence, and we will not use the information in them for any other purpose. In order to encourage networking, the contact details and a short professional profile of those approved to the mentoring programmes will be shared with all other participants. Confidentiality is the core of the mentoring relationship and the programmes itself, too.

Interested to apply as a mentee?

The International Talents’ mentoring programme is aimed for for international degree students at Tampere Universities or other international talents who have graduated from studies somewhere else, moved to Tampere and are looking to start their careers here. In this programme, mentoring is done one-on-one, i.e. each mentor is paired with one mentee.

The mentoring programme is organized and coordinated by Tampere Universities. The mentoring programme is conducted in English. The programme starts in November 2019 and ends in April 2020.  During the programme, mentees are paired up with mentors and they meet face-to-face about five times. In addition, the programme includes four group sessions for all mentors and mentees:

  • Orientation for Mentees Tuesday 5.11.2019
  • Kick-Off Meeting Wednesday 13.11.2019
  • Mid-Programme Meeting Monday 27.1.2020
  • Wrap-up Meeting Tuesday 21.4.2020

Location for the group meeting is in Hervanta campus, Kampusareena, 5 th floor, Kampusklubi. The group meetings are all facilitated by career psychologist Mariska Roelofs. Mariska is an experienced professional who knows the mentoring programme well and is herself an international, having come to Finland from the Netherlands in 2011. She believes in an interactive approach, focusing on a pleasant, open atmosphere where everyone can feel at ease and learn from each other.

Mentee - apply now!

Apply by filling in the application form on -line. Pay special attention to the motivation letter in the application. The application is open until 29 of September 2019. All applicants will be contacted by mid-October.

More info for mentee candidates.


The first Talent Tampere mentoring programme was implemented in 2010-2011 by WorkPlace Pirkanmaa project. The concept has gained nationwide popularity and has been used as a benchmark by other universities around Finland.


Kaisa Niskanen

Planning Officer
Education and Learning