The mentor programme – a chance for development
The purpose of the mentor programme is to strengthen the students' qualifications for their future careers and working lives – and to give the mentors the opportunity to contribute in this process by meeting the co-workers of the future.
Participation in the mentor programme means investing some of your time, in return you get to take part of others' experiences and networks, which can be valuable in your future studies, career and working life.
Signing up for Year 2020-2021 is now closed.
What does mentoring mean?
Mentoring is about establishing a relationship between a mentor and an adept. A mentor is someone with experience and knowledge within a specific field, a person who through his/her interest in other people can function as a role model and conversation partner.
An adept is a person who wants to improve his/her performance and move on to the next level in both personal development and professional contexts; in this case one of our students who has studied at least one year at the university (both Swedish and international students).
What does being a mentor involve?
As mentor, you will get a start-up with information about mentoring and what separates mentoring from coaching. Mentoring is mainly about asking questions, listening, and opening doors by making the adept reflect and add new perspectives.
As mentor, we like to see that you have a few years' experience of working life. You set aside time to meet your adept during the six get-togethers that are arranged from the start-up September/October until the final get-together in April/May.
What are the benefits of being a mentor?
- You will gain new perspectives and can discuss thoughts and ideas with someone who views your line of trade with fresh eyes.
- It is rewarding to reflect on your work and inspire others who are interested in the same field.
- You can contribute to the development of a young individual's personal development.
- You increase your circle of contacts and exchange experiences with students and other mentors.
What does being an adept involve?
As adept, you have the opportunity to get extra preparation for working life and also personal development. You set aside time to meet your mentor at the six get-togethers that are arranged from the start-up in September/October to the final get-together in April/May.
Since the mentor programme focuses on providing extra preparation for students who are about to enter working life, we strive to prioritise students who have reached a later stage in their studies. You should have studied at least two terms at a university or university college.
Note that the number of seats is limited and that we cannot guarantee that you will get a mentor or the specific field that you have chosen.
Pictures from a previous kick-off in autumn
Agenda of the mentor programme
Two common get-togethers will be arranged on the mentor programme, and possibly an extra optional activity in the middle of the year. All mentors and students will be invited to the get-togethers to mingle, build networks and take part of experience exchange and inspiration.
The mentor programme will be initiated with a common start-up get-together September 30th digitally and/or in Kalmar and Växjö autumn 2020 for students and mentors who have been matched. At this start-up you will also be given the opportunity to plan your activities together.
Autumn 2020, due to the pandemic, the start-up meetup will be held on Zoom, digitally. Please book 4.15 pm - 6.30 pm in your calendar! The Zoom-link will be distributed to the ones who get matched. The meetings between mentor and adept might be different, it will be up to each mentor-adept pair to decide.
The mentor programme is concluded with a closing event where we summarise, evaluate and follow-up. The date will be set to April/May and you will get an e-mail with all details to sign up.