Doctors employed in industry are invited to become mentorsStarting this autumn, TUT’s mentorship programme will bring doctoral students together with doctors already employed by a company. This will give students and doctors a chance to build networks and get new ideas. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please get in touch by the end of August.
Many doctors continue on the academic path after receiving their degree, but their expertise is just as needed in industry, business, and the public sector. What different possible career paths are there, and what are the first steps new doctors should take? Starting this autumn, TUT’s mentorship programme will give doctoral students the chance to meet doctors employed outside academia to discuss the choices available to them.
“This mentorship programme is aimed at doctoral students nearing the end of their studies who are possibly interested in pursuing a career in industry. We are looking especially for mentors from outside the academic world, as doctors employed in other sectors can offer guidance and advice based on practical experience,” says HR Specialist Kaisa-Riikka Salomaa, who coordinates the programme at TUT.
“The mentor’s mission is to contribute to the student’s professional and personal development. Mentored doctoral students will have a better understanding of the employment opportunities available for doctors. Students will also get the chance to think about their own expertise and how it could be developed from a non-academic point of view,” Salomaa adds.
The search for mentors is currently underway. Doctors interested in becoming mentors are invited to join in and get in touch by the end of August.
“In addition to the opportunity to help young researchers with their career choices, the programme offers mentors the chance to expand their professional networks, learn new skills, and receive new ideas and viewpoints from other participants.”
“In a mentor, we look for a doctoral degree and work experience outside of their academic career. Still, the most important thing is the willingness to take part in the programme, give your time, and share your experiences. There is no one correct way to be a mentor. You can take part regardless of your background or career path – in fact, we would welcome as diverse a group of mentors as possible,” Salomaa says.
Doctoral students can register for the programme in September. The programme’s organisers then pair up each student with a suitable mentor.
“Mentors are asked to write a short description of themselves and the things they feel they could help students with,” Salomaa says.
The mentorship programme will last from November 2017 to April 2018, and it will include orientation sessions for both the mentors and the students as well as three joint sessions for all participants. These sessions will be held in English at the TUT campus. In addition, students are to meet with their mentor five times during the programme. Students and mentors can agree on their meeting schedule together.
Further information and registration for mentors: