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Mentoring is a two-way street

Mentor Mikko and mentee Tianyan 

 “Mentoring is my personal contribution towards increasing the international dimension of working life in Tampere,” says Mikko Honkala, CEO of the production company Honkalamedia Ltd.

Experienced journalist Mikko Honkala mentors Tianyuan Jin, whopursues a master’s degree in media management at the University of Tampere. Their partnership can be traced back to a popular mentoring programme implemented by Workplace Pirkanmaa last autumn. 

Honkala gives Jin a helping hand along her chosen career path in Finland.  

“I wanted to join the programme, because it can help me find a job,” says Tianyuan Jin in fluent Finnish. Tianyuan, who also goes by the name Satu, has lived in Tampere for more than three years and is planning to stay here after graduation.

Mikko Honkala descries mentoring as a practical activity that benefits both parties.

“Mentoring can even boost the internationalization of small companies. And of course, as an entrepreneur I’m interested in getting to know young talent in my field.” 

“We meet in a professional setting, with me giving Satu job-hunting tips and advice on polishing her CV. We have, for example, visited an event hosted by the Finnish Newspapers’ Association, where she mingled with publishers and editors-in-chief,” says Honkala.

Tianyuan Jin is currently looking for an IT or media company for which to write her master’s thesis.

“If I can start working on my master’s thesis this spring, I’ll graduate within a year. Rather than aiming to become a journalist, I’m interested, for example, in offering consulting services to companies that are looking to gain access to the Chinese market and preparing different market analyses,” she describes.

Text and photo: Päivi Eskelinen. The story originally appeared in the ELY Centre’s Oiva magazine in January 2012.

​Here goes! Tianyuan Jin accompanied Mikko Honkala to Rekrytori, where Honkala’s production company Honkalamedia and Särkänniemi Ltd tested facilities for recording a video CV.​
​Here goes! Tianyuan Jin accompanied Mikko Honkala to Rekrytori, where Honkala’s production company Honkalamedia and Särkänniemi Ltd tested facilities for recording a video CV.​