It is an educational partnership between a more experienced and competent mentor, who can inspire, encourage and provide a motivated person with comprehensive assistance, and a student aiming to adopt the mentor’s experience and apply the acquired knowledge in the future.

 

GUIDed

Mentorship is a programme aiming to develop intelligence in a broader context, to transfer available knowledge and to facilitate integration in a new academic, socio-cultural environment.

​The persons who have had a mentor in their life adapt more quickly and successfully, their achievements are higher and they do not repeat the same mistakes.
Mentorship provides students with a possibility to have their personal teacher and role model who cares about the student’s achievements, who can listen, teach the student to learn more efficiently, think critically and creatively, give advice, and help to develop the competencies required for the student’s career.

Everyone can choose a mentor at the University, because there are 6 different types of mentors:

  • Mentor for pupils
  • Peer mentor
  • Tutor
  • Academic mentor
  • Research mentor
  • Career mentor

The students can choose the mentors in each stage of their studies. Each mentor has different functions; therefore goals and style of communication vary.

Mentorship for pupils Help in choosing the studies
Peer mentorship A peer mentor introduces the University’s life to the student
Tutorship A tutor’s consultations provide a possibility for a student to deepen the knowledge of the subjects of studies
Academic mentorship An academic mentor helps to reveal the student’s academic potential
Research mentorship A programme provides a possibility for a student to begin research activities
Career mentorship The communication with the highest-level professionals in science and business areas provides a possibility for a student to plan his/her future career
 

GUIDed Mentorship Types

Mentorship of pupils or GUIDed Junior programme aims to encourage communication between students and pupils. If you are active, communicative student, we invite you to join the team of mentors of the GUIDed Junior and chare your experience outside the University (apply to the Career and Education Centre by email guided@ktu.lt).

The main task of the mentor is to communicate with pupils and provide the answers to their questions about studies, activities at the University and introduce the student life.

More information on the Mentorship for pupils is available here

Peer mentor is an upperclassmen student who helps the first year students with the following aspects of their studies:

  • Helps them join the University’s life;
  • Ensures a successful beginning of their studies;
  • Helps them take their first brave and firm steps at the University.

 

Choosing the mentor

 

The students do not need to choose this mentor; the mentor is assigned to the entire academic group automatically in the Academic Information System (AIS). The information on the peer mentor will be available in the section of the Mentorship Programme at the end of August.

The main activities of the mentor and academic group:

  • Participation in the activities of the introductory week for the first year students (introductory lectures, seminars, fair of extracurricular activities, cinema nights, sports competitions, christening and other activities);
  • Election of the counsellor of the academic group;
  • Participation in the election of the most active academic group of the first year students;
  • Meetings, conversations, discussions on the issues of the University’s structure, studies, financial support possibilities;
  • Participation in the excursions introducing the structure of the University, as well as the student organisations and possibilities for leisure time;
  • Searching for solutions to the problems and answers to the questions and concerns together.

It is a lecturer or a student volunteer who helps to deepen the knowledge in a certain field (mathematics, informatics, physics, chemistry, etc.). Moreover, the tutors can help to improve academic skills.

A tutor provides consultations on the chosen subject of studies individually or in small groups. The timetable of the consultations for the current semester is prepared at the end of September and February; it is announced in the section of the Mentorship Programme in the Academic Information System (AIS). The students can choose a suitable time and attend consultations of any tutor who provides them.

I have been a tutor for more than three years and it has given me a lot of positive emotions. I am happy to see the same students at the consultations and notice their increasing progress. The students have more willingness to study and better understanding of the subject. I know that two heads are better than one; therefore, I want to encourage the students to not be afraid to attend the consultations.

Tutor Aistė Kveselytė

An academic consultation is one of the ways of student teaching occurring outside of the classroom. An academic mentor focuses on the individual needs and objectives of the student. A student understands them better and can learn more easily, complete the studies more successfully and use all the time of studies more efficiently.

Academic mentor:

  • Helps to use the potential of your studies;
  • Helps to choose the study modules and make an individual study plan;
  • Evaluates the need for assistance with the subjects;
  • Provides a wider range of possibilities within and outside the University;
  • Recommends the effective ways for problem solving;
  • Helps to find the answers to your questions.

 

Choosing the mentor

 

A student who wants to have an academic mentor can choose one in the Academic Information System (AIS). The academic mentors with detailed information can be found in the section of the Mentorship Programme of AIS according to the study fields.

What is the procedure?

Step 1. Choose an academic mentor from the provided list and press a button – select. A student who chooses an academic mentor is notified by a system email; when the academic mentor confirms you, you are also notified by email.

Step 2. When the academic mentor confirms you, contact him/her regarding your first meeting.

A student has to meet his/her academic mentor at least once per semester. For better results, it is recommended to have more frequent meetings, if needed.

My academic advisor informs me about all the changes in my study programme and provides suggestions for the activities or competitions that I could participate in. She was genuinely interested and helped me choose the research area as well as my research mentor. Each time I enter her room, I always find honest and friendly communication and interest in my achievements and whether I am satisfied with my studies.

Saimonas Mureika MIDF

A research mentor is a member of the academic personnel with experience in a scientific area (a scientist or a researcher). He/she can provide consultations on research activities or help to start activities in the research area. A research mentor also teaches to think objectively, raise questions, plan and conduct research, and analyse the obtained data because the research performed by students is the basis of the university studies and application of the knowledge in practice.

A research mentor will help you:

  • To begin your research activities;
  • To participate in conferences;
  • To write scientific publications;
  • To get acquainted with the University’s laboratories, possibilities and prospects of the career of a scientist.

 

Choosing the mentor

 

The students can find a list of the research mentors with detailed information and research areas in the section of the Mentorship Programme in the Academic Information System (AIS).

Your actions:

  • Decide on the area in which you would like to conduct research;
  • Choose the mentor who is working in your preferred research area from the list of mentors in AIS;
  • Contact the research mentor and discuss if he/she agrees to be your mentor;
  • If the research mentor agrees to be your mentor, you have to notify the coordinator of the Mentorship Programme of your faculty (contact information is provided at the bottom of this page) for the research mentor to be assigned to you in AIS.

Meet your chosen mentor and conduct research!

Research activities with a research mentor is a great opportunity to acquire or increase your knowledge in the areas that may not be taught very broadly at the University and are very difficult to learn individually. The University has many research mentors, as well as the areas of their experience; therefore anyone can find a relevant, important or interesting area to acquire knowledge and contribute to the research activities. In this way, you can understand the subtleties of a particular scientific area and get priceless advice. When I joined research activities in the areas of my research mentor, I realised that the assistance and cooperation with another person who has a lot of knowledge are particularly important factors if you want to achieve good results, by gaining experience in the environment directly related to the research area and trying to discover your own abilities, mistakes and objectives.

Dainius Šaltenis IF

It is a person with professional experience who can provide consultations on the issues of career planning and personal development, as well as introduce a speciality in the labour market.

Career mentor:

  • Helps to focus on the aspects important to your career and studies;
  • Encourages to set personal career goals and achieve them;
  • Teaches and gives advice on the issues of communication and cooperation skills;
  • Gives advice on the aspects to focus on during your studies;
  • Motivates to achieve good results;
  • Helps to make a plan of personal development and gives advice on its implementation;
  • Helps to develop the leadership competencies;
  • Introduces your speciality to you.

 

Choosing the mentor

 

The students who want to have a career mentor have to participate in the competition in the Academic Information System (AIS) on 10-26 September.

Your actions:

  • Decide why you want a career mentor, set your objectives and priorities;
  • When the selection begins (10-26 September), choose the mentors in AIS in the order of priority according to your set objectives (up to 3 mentors);
  • Do not forget to provide your cover letter in the form. It has to reflect your clear motivation for participation in this programme and provide an explanation why one of the particular chosen mentors should be assigned to you.

 

Selection

The data of the student’s form are considered during the first stage of selection: cover letter, the student’s aspiration for participation in this programme.

The second stage of selection includes the interviews with the students who have passed the first stage of selection. The interviews focus on the student’s motivation, the need for a career mentor and the criteria provided by the mentor.

The students, who have suggestions regarding the possible career mentors, are recommended to apply to the University’s Mentor Programme Coordinator.

My career mentor and I analysed my CV, clarified my objectives, we had a long discussion about my personal characteristics, I received practical advice how to encourage others, do teamwork, self-motivate to achieve the best result. The mentor even offered me an internship at her company! Our achievements: I prepared a precise and “clean” CV; after emailing it to various companies, I received several internship offers, I learned a lot about myself and learned to work in a team, and I reached a higher level of communication. I am glad that I have chosen the consultations with my career mentor; we get along very well, I try to have meetings with her at least twice per month. If I had a choice to have a career mentor again, I would definitely choose it. I would recommend it to every student. If someone says that it is too early to do this in the first year, I can tell they are wrong, because if you do not know exactly what you want, you get a great opportunity to clarify your goals and wishes. My case was similar: I knew the field of studies, but was not sure about the specific study programme and conversations with my mentor provided clarity. I changed my study programme after the first semester because I clearly decided on my objectives with my career mentor; without her approval, I think I would be hesitant to make these changes.  As I have mentioned before, I would not change my choice right now: both in terms of my studies and my mentor.

Julija Kravčenko EEF

GUIDed Junior

GUIDed Junior programme aims to encourage communication between students and pupils. If you are active, communicative student, we invite you to join the team of mentors of the GUIDed Junior and chare your experience outside the University (apply to the Career and Education Centre by email guided@ktu.lt).

The main task of the mentor is to communicate with pupils and provide the answers to their questions about studies, activities at the University and introduce the student life.

 

Peer mentor

The students of all study cycles, all years of studies (except for the first year of the first study cycle) can become peer mentors. The registration for peer mentors is conducted annually, on 1-31 May.

Criteria:

  • Be an advanced student;
  • Decide that you want and can devote your free time to the first year students;
  • When the registration begins, fill in the registration form for peer mentors available in the Academic Information System (AIS);
  • Actively participate in the training for peer mentors and other meetings of the mentors.

Tutor

If you feel that the module you have completed has not been difficult for you, you can and are willing to help others, you are invited to join the team of tutors (apply to the Career and Education Centre by email guided@ktu.lt).

I joined the team of tutors because I wanted to test myself with a range of new activities, to share my knowledge and experience with other students and to help them reach their objectives. I’m highly motivated by the positive feedback I receive from the students and their aims to excel.
Tutor Sima Šarlauskaitė

 

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Contacts

Milda Kizelevičiūtė

Mentorship programme coordinator / Career and Development Centre

Studentų g. 67, Kaunas
phone: +370 603 94361
email milda.kizeleviciute@ktu.lt

 

Faculty coordinators

Faculty of Chemical Technology Joana Solovjova joana.solovjova@ktu.lt
School of Economics and Business Jūratė Maščinskienė jurate.mascinskiene@ktu.lt
Faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Agnė Grigaliūnaitė agne.grigaliunaite@ktu.lt
Faculty of Informatics Gintarė Lukoševičiūtė gintare.lukoseviciute@ktu.lt
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences Teresa Moskaliovienė teresa.moskalioviene@ktu.lt
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Design Daiva Mikučionienė daiva.mikucioniene@ktu.lt
Panevėžys Faculty of Technologies and Business Nida Kvedaraitė diana.miceviciene@ktu.lt
Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Ulrika Varankaitė ulrika.varankaite@ktu.lt
Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture Sandra Krikštanavičiūtė sandra.krikstanaviciute@ktu.lt
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