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Often times the most essential assistance for an international talent is to receive sparring and guidance from another individual. Finland can be a tricky country to get started in if you are left all by yourself. If you would like to offer help to an international and to gain new skills and networks at the same time, join the mentoring program and become a mentor! 

Are you looking to

  • develop your intercultural communication skills
  • familiarise yourself with principles of coaching
  • strengthen your teamwork skills
  • 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?

If you found these outcomes interesting then mentoring is for you! On top of all you will have an unforgettable experience.

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

In 2018-2019, two mentoring programmes will take place at Talent Tampere:

International Talents’ mentoring programme is aimed for international degree students in one of the higher education institutions in Tampere (University of Tampere, Tampere University of Technology and Tampere University of Applied Sciences) 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 will run from November to April.

Hidden Gems mentoring programme for spouses is run as part of the Hidden Gems programme  exclusively for the spouses of international researchers working at one of the Tampere Universities. This may include the University of Tampere, Tampere University of Technology and Tampere University of Applied Sciences. The spouses have followed their partners to Tampere and wish to pursue their own career in the region. The spouses may be from different countries and career backgrounds. The mentors will be paired with two or three mentees for a duration of four months. The Hidden Gems mentoring programme will take place from November to February as part of the Hidden Gems agenda supporting dual-career couples. Click here for further information on the Hidden Gems mentoring programme

Mentoring offers an easy way to develop intercultural competencies and expertise in the global workmarkets. The mentoring programme gives mentors the opportunity to build contacts and develop mentoring skills through practical experience. The mentors will be paired up with international talents who are in the early stages of their careers in Finland.

The Talent Tampere mentoring programmes aim to improve the mentees’ job hunting skills, introduce them to the nuances of Finnish work culture, help them expand their professional networks, and enable them to share their international experiences with the mentors. Mentoring is a process whereby experienced professionals impart their knowledge and skills to aspiring talents at the beginning of their careers in Finland. Mentoring is a two-way relationship that benefits both the mentee and the mentor. It can also pave the way for further internationalization within the mentor’s organization.

Apply now!

Please apply by filling in the on-line form preferably by the end of September. By mid-October the pairs will be matched and applicants will be contacted. Click here to access the online form.

Talent Tampere mentoring programmes in 2018-2019

Both mentoring programmes running in 2018-2019 will start in November 2018 and are conducted in English. The mentors are paired up with mentees and they meet face-to-face about five times. In addition, both programmes include four group sessions for all mentors and mentees:

  • Orientation for Mentors of both programmes together on Mon 29 October
  • For the International Talents’ mentoring programme:
    • Kick-Off Meeting Tue 6 November
    • Mid-Programme Meeting Mon 21 January
    • Wrap-up Meeting Mon 15 April
  • For the Hidden Gems mentoring programme:
    • Kick-Off Meeting Tue 12 November
    • Mid-Programme Meeting Wed 9 January
    • Wrap-up Meeting Mon 18 February

All group meetings take place in Kampusklubi located in the Tampere University of Technology campus area at 17-20.

The group meetings are all facilitated by our new facilitator, 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.

Any questions?

Tampere University of Technology (TUT) is coordinating the mentoring programmes in 2018-2019. If you have any questions related to the mentoring programmes, we are happy to help you!

The first mentoring programme was implemented already in 2010-2011 by WorkPlace Pirkanmaa project and mentoring programme is was then established as a permanent activity of Unipoli Tampere (a higher education co-operation network of PolamkTAMKTUT and UTA). The concept of this mentoring programme has gained nationwide popularity and has been used as a benchmark by other universities around Finland.

More information

Terhi Kipinä

International Talents' mentoring programme - Planning Officer
+358 50 301 5017

Kaisa Niskanen

International Talents' mentoring programme - Career Specialist
+358 50 300 5964

Karelle Belanger

Hidden Gems mentoring programme - Project coordinator
+358 50 447 8423
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