It is an educational partnership between a more experienced and competent mentor and a motivated student, where the mentor is capable to inspire, encourage and to provide comprehelsive assistance to the student, who intends to adopt the mentor’s experience and to apply the acquired knowledge in the future.

Mentorship is an important modern way of education; from ancient times it was proven to be particularly effective and successful for both personal and organisational development of the mentee. Nowadays mentorship programmes are introduced in many universities of the world; their objective is to develop intelligence in a broader context, to transfer available knowledge and to facilitate integration into a new academic, social and cultural environment.

Mentorship programmes in different countries can have different names, different types of mentors, but their main objective – improvement of young people – always remains the same. A person, who has had a mentor in his or her life, adapts more quickly and easily in professional field, has better achievements, does not repeat mistakes. Mentorship Programme at KTU is active since 2014. It provides students with a possibility to have their personal teacher and role model, who cares about the student’s achievements, who listes, provides advice, teaches the student to learn more efficiently, to think critically and creatively, to develop competences required for his/her career.

There are 5 different types of mentors at the University:

  • Peer mentor
  • Research mentor
  • Academic mentor
  • Career mentor
  • Tutor

Every student can have one in any stage of their studies. Each mentor has different functions, therefore goals and style of communication varies.

Career competences Development of the competences for a successful career
Value adding contacts Cooperation with the highest level professionals in the areas of research and business
Knowledge and academic skills Consultations of the tutors provide the environment for the students’ academic growth
Integration in the University Peer mentor introduces the University’s life to the student
Enabling of the most talented students Self-realisation by becoming mentor yourself
Involvement in the further research activities The programme provides a possibility to begin research career and to find a mentor for it

Peer mentor

The students of all study cycles, all years of studies (except for the first year bachelor’s students) can become peer mentors. Registration for peer mentors is taking place annually, on 1–31 May.

Steps to take:

  • To have no academic debts
  • To want and to be able to devote your free time to the first year students
  • When the registration begins, to fill in the registration form for peer mentors available on the Academic Information System (AIS)
  • To actively participate in the  peer mentors’ training and in other meetings of the mentors
  • To perform the functions of a peer mentor well

 

Tutor
If you feel that the taken module was not difficult for you, that you are able and willing to help others, you can join the team of tutors (apply to the Career Development Office by email kuc@ktu.lt, tel. 8 37 321 330).

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

Peer mentor

Peer mentor is responsible for the success of your first days at the University. Peer mentors are upperclassmen you can always trust, ask questions, have discussions with and share your worries and success. Each academic group of the first year full-time bachelor’s students has its peer mentor who makes their life at the University free of fear and uncertainty.

Peer mentor is an upper-year 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
  • Tries to make sure that the first steps of the first year students at the University are brave and firm

 

Choosing of the mentor

The peer mentor meets his/her academic group of the first year students during the celebration of the beginning of academic year. Quite often meetings are being organised even before that, at the initiative of the peer mentor or the students. Information on your peer mentor is available in the section of the Mentorship Programme in the Academic Information System (AIS) at the end of August.

The main activities of the mentor and the academic group:

  • Participation in the activities of the Welcome Week for the first year students (introductory lectures, seminars, organisations’ fair, cinema nights, sports competitions 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 campus tours, introducing the University’s infrastructure, student organisations and leisure time areas and possibilities
  • Searching for answers and solutions for problems, discussing and resolving various issues connected to the University’s life

Research mentor

People are curious by nature; all our life we want to learn more and to discover new things. However, some of us have a true calling to become a scientist. Such students are encouraged to explore their interest in scientific research while studying, and to contribute to development of innovations and inventions. Research mentor is a member of the academic staff with experience in a certain scientific area (a scientist or are searcher). He/she can provide consultations on research activities or help to join scientific research at the University. Research mentor also teaches to think objectively, to raise questions, to plan and conduct research, and to analyse the obtained data. The participation of students in scientific research is the basis of the university education, as it allows to put the knowledge gained through studies in practice.

Research mentor will help you:

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

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

 

Choosing the mentor

The list of the research mentors with detailed information and areas of research is available on the Academic Information System (AIS).

What do you have to do?

  • Decide on the area in which you would like to conduct the research
  • Choose the mentor who is working in your preferred research area from the list of the mentors in AIS
  • Contact the research mentor and discuss if he/she agrees to become your mentor
  • If you are reluctant – contact your academic advisor or Career and Education Centre
  • If the research mentor agrees to be your mentor, you have to notify your Faculty’s Mentorship Programme Coordinator (his/her contact information is provided at the bottom of this page) for the research mentor to be assigned to you on the AIS
  • Meet your chosen mentor and start your career in research

Research activity with a research mentor is a great opportunity to acquire or increase your knowledge in the areas that may not be taught very extensively at the University and which are difficult to learn individually. The University has many research mentors, as well as the areas they are experienced in, therefore anyone can find a relevant, important or interesting area to acquire knowledge in and to contribute to its research. In this way, one can understand the subtleties of a particular scientific area and to get priceless advice. When I joined research activity in the areas of scientific interest 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. Gaining experience in the environment directly related to the research area and helped me discover my own abilities, notice mistakes and set objectives.

Dainius Šaltenis IF

Academic mentor

Academic consultation is one of the ways of student teaching outside of the classroom. Academic mentor focuses on the individual needs and objectives of the mentee. Students who understand their needs and aims, learn more easily, complete their studies more successfully and use all the time of studies more efficiently.

Academic mentor:

  • Helps to use the full potential of your studies
  • Helps to choose study modules and to make an individual study plan
  • Evaluates the need for assistance with study subjects
  • Opens your eyes to a broad range of possibilities in and outside of the University
  • Recommends effective ways for problem solving
  • Helps to find answers to your questions

 

Choosing the mentor

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

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 on AIS, 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, he/she contacts you with the details on 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 changes in my study programme and provides suggestions of 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 an honest communication and interest in my achievements and whether I am satisfied with my studies.

Career mentor

It is a person with professional experience, who can provide consultations on the issues of career planning and personal development, as well as introduce the particularities of a chosen career path.

The mentor:

  • Helps to focus on the aspects that are important to your career and studies
  • Encourages to set personal career goals and to achieve them
  • Teaches and provides advice on communication and networking skills
  • Provides advice on what to focus during your studies
  • Motivates to achieve good results
  • Helps to make a personal development plan and gives advice on its implementation
  • Helps to develop leadership competences
  • Introduces your chosen career path / profession

 

Choosing the mentor

The students, who want to have a career mentor, have to participate in the competition at the beginning of the autumn semester, on 10–25 September. The competition takes place on the Academic Information System (AIS), where you can find a list of the career mentors.

What do you have to do?

  • Decide why you want a career mentor, set your objectives and priorities.
  • When the selection begins (10–25 September), choose up to 3 mentors in the order of priority according to your set objectives.
  • Do not forget to provide your motivation letter in the form. It has to show your clear motivation for participation in this programme and to provide an explanation why one of the particular chosen mentors should be assigned to you.

 

What’s next?

During the first stage of selection, a student’s application is being considered: his or her cover letter, the objectives for participation in the programme.

The second stage of selection includes students’, who had passed the first selection stage, interviews with the selection commitee for career mentors. 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 KTU Mentor Programme Coordinator.

Together with my mentor, we analysed my CV, I clarified my career objectives. We had a long discussion on my personal characteristics, and I received practical advices on how to motivate other people, to teamwork, on how to motivate myself to achieve the best results. She even suggested an internship for me in her company! Our achievements: I wrote an accurate CV, now I know myself better and am learning to teamwork, I became better communicator. With the CV that we prepared together, I received an offer for the internship (and not the only one!). I think I was very lucky to have my mentor, we get along great and I try to have meetings with her at least twice per month. If I had to choose again whether to have a career mentor, I would definitely say yes and would recommend it to all students. If someone says that the first year is too early for that, I can tell they are wrong, because if you do not know what you want, this prvides an opportunity to clarify your goals. That was my case: I knew the direction, but the conversations with my mentor provided more clarity. After the first semester, I changed my study programme, because with the help of my career mentor I was sure what I wanted. Without her approval, I think I would still be hesitant.

Julija Kravčenko EEF

Tutor

It is a lecturer or a student volunteer, who helps to expand your knowledge in certain area (mathematics, informatics, physics, chemistry, etc.). Tutors can also help to improve your academic skills: to advise you on how to prepare written works, to prepare and deliver presentations, to analyse data.

A tutor provides consultations on the chosen subject of studies individually or in small groups. Semester’s consultations’ schedule is being prepared at the end of September and February and announced in the section of the Mentorship Programme on the Academic Information System (AIS). Students can choose a suitable time and attend consultations of any tutor who provides them.

I’ve been a tutor for more than three years. During this time I’ve experienced a lot of positive emotion. I’m particularly fascinated when I meet the same students and see their progress during the duration of the consultations. I know that two heads are better than one, and I warmly invite all students to attend these consultations.
Tutor Aistė Kveselytė

 

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Contacts

Monika Pavalkytė

Mentorship Programme Coordinator

Studentų g. 67, Kaunas
phone: 8 682 64454
e-mail: monika.pavalkyte@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 Diana Micevičienė diana.miceviciene@ktu.lt
Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Maria Inmaculada De Potestad Tellechea maria.potestad@ktu.lt
Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture Rasa Šiugždinytė rasa.siugzdinyte@ktu.lt

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