Alumni Mentoring Programme
About the programme
The Graduate School Alumni Association’s newly established mentorship program is an opportunity for current students of Graduate School to develop their skills and connect with alumni and professionals in their desired fields. Throughout the programme, students will be given the chance to reflect on their own career goals, acquire and develop skills through in-depth mentoring and support from a Graduate School Alum.
From our own experiences as Graduate School students, we know that getting the chance to speak to a former student who is now working in your desired field can be invaluable. By creating this platform, we hope that knowledge can be transferred, connections can be made and ideas can be exchanged between former and current students.
Structure of the programme
Any student enrolled to one of Graduate School's five master's programmes can apply to become a mentee in this programme. As a mentee, you will be paired with a mentor based on mutual interests and shared professional goals.
The programme includes:
- Six sessions with a mentor per semester
- Each session is approximately 45 minutes long
- Working document and guide how to set up your SMART goals
- Workshop on how to make the best out of mentoring
- Networking event
There will be a kick-off meeting for all students that are accepted to the programme, during which you will be able to exchange expectations and ideas with your fellow mentees. Additionally, we will share more information about the programme, as well as answer any additional questions you may have.
The mentoring process
Each pair of mentor-mentees will be unique, and therefore we expect that the experiences and things you talk about in your meetings will vary. However, here are some things that we think could make up part of your meetings with your mentor:
- Together with your mentor, you may want to start off the programme by identifying a clear goal or a set of goals to achieve throughout the mentorship programme. This could include identifying a specific area of interest to work on, i.e. developing a specific skill, identifying career opportunities, improving application and CV skills, reflecting on career goals as well as how to get there.
- Jointly identify strategies to achieve your goal and break it down into smaller steps, which you will discuss and work on during your mentoring sessions.
- You may want to create a timeline to keep track of those smaller steps. Make sure to schedule time with your mentor to reflect on what you have achieved and potentially ask them for additional advice.
The mentoring environment
To make the mentoring experience a rewarding experience for all, we also want to set clear expectations and boundaries for the programme.
First and foremost, the programme is about professional mentoring. Therefore, we expect professional behaviour and etiquette from all participants. This means that there is zero tolerance for any expressions of racism, sexism, homophobia, or other discriminatory behaviour. Additionally, the mutual knowledge exchange as well as professional and skill development is at the heart of the programme. It is not a platform for personal matters and educational concerns, such as questions regarding assignments or course work.
We want this experience to be based on mutual respect, which also means that we expect everyone to be mindful of each other’s time. This means that it is important for all involved to avoid cancelling meetings at the last minute, and taking up more time than has been assigned for the meetings.
The mentorship coordinators, Alma and Leni, will be guiding you throughout the program and answer any queries or concerns you may have.
What it means to be a mentor
The mentoring program aims to help current students get insights into different industries, gain new perspectives, improve their skills or gain know-how from someone who has more experience - in this case, a mentor. The mentors are Graduate School alumni with two and more years of working experience. All mentors are unpaid and dedicate their free time to help students grow and develop their careers.
In general, mentors are matched with one mentee per semester. We ask mentors to meet with mentees 1-2 times a month for 45 minute-long sessions. In total, mentors and mentees should have six sessions per semester. Mentors will always be asked in advance if they are available for mentoring, and will be matched with a mentee only if they agree.
Being a mentor is a fantastic opportunity to help talents develop their skills, meet new people, and have a positive impact on someone’s career development. Mentoring can also boost a mentor's professional development, soft skills, as well as build their network.
If you wish to become mentor, please register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfxcfWv4pyXG268ZoVNRqbjUQgMmZD8a9Gy-hB4aTWfPIZj3w/viewform
What it means to be a mentee
A mentee is a student in one of Graduate School's five master's programmes. To become a mentee you also need to be a registered member of the GSAA - to register, please click here:
A person who would like to become a mentee should consider their time availability, motivation, and aims. Since mentors invest their free time, we kindly ask students before they apply to carefully evaluate their time availability. Mentees will meet mentors 1-2 times a month for 45 mins long sessions. It is important that mentees come to sessions prepared. We also would like to stress that mentors are not teachers nor therapists - mentees should expect help only in areas of professional growth and development. In order to make the best out of mentoring, mentees are encouraged to prepare relevant questions, topics or situations that they would like to discuss in advance. Mentees will be given a working document, helping them keep track of progress and map their SMART goals. This document will be shared with mentors.
The application is now open! Apply here:
This program is in the second stage of its pilot phase. In the event that we cannot accommodate all applicants, selection will be based on need, motivation, time left in their program, and compatible professional goals with the mentor. Those who may not get a mentor after their first application will be especially prioritised in future application rounds.