Mentoring programme aims to bring together our successful alumni and active students and thereby strengthen the community of the University of Tartu.
All curious, open-minded students of the University of Tartu who are willing to learn from the experience of successful experts are welcome to apply for the programme.
Alumni who are willing to share their experience and advice to contribute to students’ development and encourage them to find their path in life are welcome to participate in the programme as mentors.
We cooperate with the Estonian Chamber of Mentors. Alumni participating in the programme will have the opportunity to undergo a free short training under the guidance of a mentor from the Chamber of Mentors and gain the basic knowledge needed to act as a mentor.
Mentoring skills are needed for much more than just supporting the mentees – the skills help you become a better leader, cooperation partner and colleague.
As a mentor you can
Cooperation can mean, for example,
As a student you get
Cooperation can mean, for example,
The intensity of the programme depends on the agreement of the student and the mentor. In order to work well together and achieve your goals, we encourage mentors and students to meet regularly, at least twice a month.
Communication. How do you plan to communicate with each other?
You may agree to communicate by phone, Skype or e-mail.
Focus of mentoring. What are your expectations?
Think whether the focus is on professional advice, supervising a thesis, work shadowing, traineeship or job experience, or developing a career plan.
Before agreeing on the form of cooperation, we recommend that you think about and negotiate your expectations and goals. If possible, make an action plan that makes it easier to reach the goals you set.
Frequency of communication. How often do you want to meet?
Agree on meeting, for example, once a week or once a month, or as convenient for you.
The mentor and the student do not have to live in the same city or even the same country because modern means of communication make it possible to maintain a mentoring relationship from different parts of the world. Agree on a mutually convenient method and time for your discussions.
Commitment. How long should the cooperation last?
We recommend maintaining the mentoring relationship from the first meeting to at least the final workshop. Applying to the mentoring programme requires that both parties are committed to the cooperation and to meeting the goals.
However, the student may have to take a more active role because top-level experts and managers are mostly very busy with work. The student should manage to keep the action plan on track and be a good partner, reminding the mentor of upcoming activities and making efforts to complete the tasks.
20.12–08.02 application period
09.02 16.15–18.15 introductory web seminar for mentees “What is mentoring and how to benefit from it?” with Mare Aru and Kristel Lään-Saarik (University of Tartu Counselling Centre). Estonian and English groups separately.
28.03 16.15-17.45 peer group consultation for mentees (Estonian group) with Mare Aru (University of Tartu Counselling Centre)
30.03 16.15-17.45 peer group consultation for mentees (English group) with Kristel Lään-Saarik (University of Tartu Counselling Centre)
17.04 joint seminar "The psychology of reconciliation" with Tõnu Lehtsaar
18.05 16.15–17.45 seminar "How to end mentor relationship?" for mentors with Ülle Susi (Estonian Chamber of Mentors). The seminar is held in Estonian.
06.06 joint closing seminar
There may be changes in the schedule or programme. All seminars are online.