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Become a mentor and develop your leadership qualities

Get to know a student and share your experiences. Offering to be a mentor gives you, as a leader of operations, a valuable insight into the academic world. You will also get the chance to develop your leadership qualities and you can broaden your network of contacts with other mentors.

  • The uncertainty around COVID-19 has had a negative effect on the planning for the academic year 20/21. Due to this the mentor programme this academic year is cancelled.

It’s not always easy for students and employers to find one another. Therefore the Career Plaza at MDH have produced the Mentor Programme, the aim of which is to strengthen the relationships between the University’s students and the region’s employers. While still studying the students already gain relevant contacts in working life and a good insight into what future working life could be like.

Why become a mentor?

Mentorship is fun and rewarding for both parties and will suit you who wish to develop personally and professionally. Meeting a student can give you new perspectives on your skills, and you can get the chance to reflect on your experience, your workplace and your work.

Examples of the advantages of mentorship. You gain for example:

  • Insight into the University’s study programmes and their content.
  • Knowledge of how a student thinks regarding their future employers.
  • An opportunity to meet a possible future recruit.
  • Networking

Structure of the mentor programme

The programme goes on during the period from October to May. After this the student meets their mentor regularly at times convenient to them both. Apart from this, joint meetings will be arranged in which the participants get the opportunity to exchange experiences.

You can enquire about the Mentor Programme whenever you like during the year. All MDH’s programme students may apply, but for both the mentor and student to get as much as possible out of it, we match a student with a mentor as far as possible with a corresponding or similar professional orientation or education.

Would you like to know more about what being a mentor means?

Contact the Career Plaza +46 (0)21-10 70 90


Words from mentors


New perspectives

I’m a mentor because it gives me an insight into how students think and look at things. In my work with digitalisation in the energy sector I benefit greatly as a mentor from the new perspectives a student can give me.

Fredrik Starfelt, Development Engineer at Vattenfall

Energy and belief in the future

Being a mentor is getting the opportunity to get to know a person you would probably never have met otherwise. You get the opportunity to gain new knowledge at the same time as you share yours. By supporting and talking you can give a student the opportunity to get a good insight into how working life works. Mentorship gives me energy and a belief in the future!

Madeleine Ahlqvist, Business Manager, Hallstahammar Municipality

Fun and instructive

"I like the structure of the programme, with individual meetings alternating with exchange of experiences at the joint meetings at the University. It’s interesting to get an insight into how a young student thinks regarding their education and their future. It’s fun and instructive being a mentor!"

Monika Aarti, Office Manager, Bombardier Transportation in Västerås

Become a mentor and develop your leadership skills

Get to know a student (mentee) and share your experiences. Volunteering as a mentor will give you the opportunity to develop your leadership skills while it will give you valuable insight into higher education.

It is not always easy for students and employers to find one another. That is why Mälardalen University has developed the mentor program, the aim of which is to strengthen relations between the University's students and employers. Already during their studies, students can establish relevant contacts in working life and get a good insight into what their future working life might look like.

Studenter och mentor sitter vid ett bord tillsammans.

Why become a mentor?

Mentoring is fun and enriching for both parties and is suitable for those who want to develop their personal and professional skills in a relaxed environment. Meetings with students can give you new perspectives on your mentorship and give you the chance to reflect on your own experiences, your workplace and your work.

Example of benefits of mentoring;

  • An insight into the University’s courses and study programmes, their content, and how higher education prepares students for working life
  • Knowledge of how the future workforce thinks about their future employers.
  • A network of researchers and university graduates

The structure of the mentor program

The programme runs from Decenber to April. During this period, the student and mentor meet regularly at times that suit both of them. In addition, joint meetings are organised where participants have the opportunity to exchange experiences. In total, mentee and your mentor will spend about 10 hours together. Examples of activities that can take place during this mentor period:

  • Together identify the student’s strengths and development opportunities based on their desired future career. Brainstorm solutions together
  • Give the student advice and feedback on how to develop a good CV based on the desired positions
  • Present different tasks and roles that exist in an organisation and how an employee can grow and further develop within the organisation
  • Together develop a network of contacts

Who can be a mentor?

To become a mentor, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have an academic degree
  • Have at least 5 year’s professional experience

It is an advantage if you as a mentor:

  • can speak and write both Swedish and English
  • are an alumnus from MDU

As a mentor, you can be based in Sweden or internationally. Depending on this, the mentor program will be conducted during real-life meetings or digitally. The mentor program is conducted in both Swedish and English.

Students that participate

Those who are offered to participate in the mentor program are final year students at Mälardalen University,


Words from mentors

New perspectives

I’m a mentor because it gives me an insight into how students think and look at things. In my work with digitalisation in the energy sector I benefit greatly as a mentor from the new perspectives a student can give me.

Fredrik Starfelt, Development Engineer at Vattenfall

Energy and belief in the future

Being a mentor is getting the opportunity to get to know a person you would probably never have met otherwise. You get the opportunity to gain new knowledge at the same time as you share yours. By supporting and talking you can give a student the opportunity to get a good insight into how working life works. Mentorship gives me energy and a belief in the future!

Madeleine Ahlqvist, Business Manager, Hallstahammar Municipality

Fun and instructive

I like the structure of the programme, with individual meetings alternating with exchange of experiences at the joint meetings at the University. It’s interesting to get an insight into how a young student thinks regarding their education and their future. It’s fun and instructive being a mentor!

Monika Aarti, Office Manager, Bombardier Transportation in Västerås

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Mentoring gives me opportunity to develop my communicative leadership!

Mauricio Espinosa

Unit Manager at ELE Engineering AB

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Would you like to take part?

Participation is free of charge. You will be offered to participate as a mentor if there is a student who matches your profile and specialisation.

The next programme will start 5 December 2022 to 7 April 2023. Register by 15 November 2022.

Want to know more?

If you have any questions about the mentor program or would like to know more, please contact us.

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