University of Tartu invites its students and alumni to mentoring programme

Until 17 February, students and alumni of the University of Tartu can once again apply to participate in the mentoring programme. The programme organised since 2017 aims to bring together active students and successful alumni to provide an opportunity for mutually beneficial collaboration and strengthen the community of the university.

For students, the mentoring programme offers the opportunity to meet a specialist in their field who is willing to share experiences and advice on professional and other self-development topics during the semester. "Each year, the mentoring programme brings together active students and supportive alumni who feel that their experiences could benefit a young person about to enter the labour market. In addition to professional knowledge and advice, mentors support students in finding their path," said Kadri-Ann Mägi.

For the second year, the mentoring programme is organised in cooperation with the Estonian Chamber of Mentors. "Mentors applying for the programme do not need to have previous mentoring experience, as they will undergo a short training course by the Estonian Chamber of Mentors and get the necessary basic skills and knowledge," explained the coordinator of the university’s mentoring programme and alumni relations Kadri-Ann Mägi. There will be four mentor seminars in total, taking place once a month from February to May.

In addition to mentors’ training and mentor-mentee meetings, there will be monthly inspirational joint seminars by renowned experts in their field: the public speaking coach Harald Lepisk, investor Kristi Saare, musician and development coach Sandra Vabarna and others.

The mentors’ training will be only in Estonian, but the joint seminars will be in Estonian with simultaneous interpretation into English.

Like last year, the mentors’ training and the joint seminars will be held online. Hopefully, participants will meet face to face in Tartu on 9 June to conclude the programme at the closing seminar.

The alumni and board member of the Estonian Chamber of Mentors Ülle Susi has written about the benefits of and need for mentoring in the UT blog: "Being a mentor fosters your growth”.

For more information about the application and schedule, see the web page ut.ee/en/mentoringprogramme.

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