A mentor is someone possessing expert knowledge and professional experience in a certain area, as well as the leadership skills necessary to impart this on others.

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a form of talent development by way of contact with successful professionals.

A mentor is someone who has more experience in a certain field, and who not only shares their skills and experience with their younger peers, but also helps them unlock hidden talents, and define their educational and career trajectories. Cooperation with less experienced peers helps mentors to better understand their own capabilities and limitations, as well as to create a network of like-minded people. For a young and ambitious person, such a programme can be likened to a ‘social elevator’.


A student taking part in the mentoring programme is someone who is seeking professional development in a certain area and who is keen to learn from their mentor.

Why is it a good idea?


A student who has a mentor not only has access to invaluable insights from someone in the industry, but also benefits from the boost to their motivation and self-confidence - essential for anyone pursuing a career or starting their own business.

This programme helps students to navigate the professional world as well as to consciously define their professional development and career trajectory.

A graduate who joins the programme as a mentor is not only involved in a socially important programme, they can also get inspiration from their mentees’ fresh ideas as well as insights from enthusiastic and intelligent students (reverse mentoring), and can even begin to build a talent pipeline for their company.

The mentoring programme can be considered a contribution to human capital development.


Mentoring at HSE


Mentoring at HSE is a programme aimed at developing students’ leadership skills and career potential with the help of graduates, who are successful professionals in their respective fields. Students can learn to anticipate the challenges of their future profession and set personal and business goals.

Graduates make the best mentors, as they are not only successful professionals who understand their industry’s cultural patterns, they also understand what it’s like to be a student.

Pairing graduates and students improves the efficiency of cooperation; it helps to avoid communication breakdowns; and facilitates mutual understanding thanks to common ideas of communication.

Our principles


  Freedom of choice


  Flexible options for cooperation

  Minimise formalities

  Individual and mutual development

What’s in it for mentors?

Personal and professional development

Inflow of new ideas and inspiration

Opportunity to preserve and share experience and unique industry knowledge

Communication skills

Systematization of their own knowledge and skills

Recruitment of new and talented staff

Serious competitive advantage on the job market

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What’s in it for students?

Improve the quality of their education

Better prospects for employment and career growth

Build confidence and gain an understanding of how to build their career

Understand the current job market

See positive examples of how to achieve goals and overcome difficulties

Enhance professional and soft skills


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