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Mentorship program CareerContact

Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU) has since May 2022 organized the mentorship program CareerContact for international master’s students at ÅAU. The aim of the program is to help students to learn more about Finnish culture and working life, expand their networks as well as discuss their personal goals with the help of a mentor.

The next mentorship period takes place from January to June 2025 and the application period for students starts in November 2024. If you are interested in being a mentor in the program, you can apply here. Read more about the program and how to apply below. 

About the program:

  • One-on-one meetings (approx. once a month) where the mentor pair can discuss different themes related to for example career, culture, language and society. The mentee (student) is responsible for booking and planning the meetings.
  • Kick-off and 3 other joint meetings organized by the program coordinators to enable networking among the mentor pairs
  • ÅAU program organizers coordinate the program and supports the mentor pair throughout the mentoring process 
  • The program is held in English


Are you interested in how a mentor-mentee relationship can look like? Read about Jarkko and Houraksh’s mentorship experience here.


Who can be a mentor? 

  • A person who is established in the Finnish working life
  • A retiree who has experience from the Finnish working life and is up to date concerning the Finnish labor market
  • Please, note that we cannot guarantee that everyone who applies to the program gets a mentee, but we will keep everyone informed about the process.

Why should I become a mentor? 

  • To get to know a new person and broaden my network
  • To impact an international student’s life by sharing my expertise, insights and experiences
  • To learn about different cultures and current life as a student
  • To develop my own leadership skills, language skills, learn new things and find new perspectives
  • To contribute to a more inclusive society

How do I apply to become a mentor?

  • Apply by 17 November 2024 here

Who can apply for a mentor? 

  • An international master’s student at ÅAU who is motivated and committed to be part of the mentorship program. 
  • Please observe that we cannot guarantee that we will find you a mentor. 

Why should I apply for a mentor? 

  • Possibility to get to know a new person, who shares similar professional field and/or educational background 
  • Possibility to get insights into the Finnish culture and working life and to broaden my network in Finland  
  • Possibility to join events with other mentor pairs where I can network and get tips from experts

 How do I apply for a mentor? 

  • The next application period for students is in November 2024. You will receive more information to your abo.fi -email.

Updated 25.6.2024