KY Buddy

KY Buddy is all about mini-mentoring: thought-provoking conversations, relevant advice and shared
experiences in bite-sized portions for all Aalto business students.
TL;DR: Meet up with a young Buddy mentor to confidentially discuss work or life related questions and
learn to find answers, identify opportunities and figure out what you want for your present or future. No
pre-requisites or long commitments: come as you are and leave when you’ve had enough!

You – as a mentee – could be wondering about topics like identifying your study or career alternatives, goals
& dreams, understanding your strengths, skills & necessary development efforts or wondering about
events like choosing your minor studies, getting your first internship, graduating or combining work with
the rest of your life. Nothing is too big or small – if it’s something you’re thinking about, surely someone has
been through it before you!

Your Buddy – the mentor – will be a young professional: someone who has graduated a few years ago and
thus is not too far from the student mentality and first career choices themselves, but is able to provide
mature insights into job hunting, working and self-development through their own work experience. The
first batch of Buddies come from management consulting, working for Bearing Point. You can think of the Buddy mentor as a more experienced friend with first-hand insight of the last years of uni and first years of working life.
Participating in mini-mentoring requires no prior experience or long-term commitment. Signing up, you can
wish for a specific mentor or list a few topic ideas on what you would like to talk about. We will then match
you with a Buddy that best suits your wishes! Each mentoring pair can meet up 1 – 3 times to discuss jointly agreed upon topics. The style, place, time and goals of these meetings are up to you to decide together!
The Buddy is there to help you as best they can.

Please note that the mentors are not recruiters: do not expect to be offered job opportunities – instead, we
hope the discussions will help you develop yourself and get better at finding your dream job later on in life!

Get your own KY Buddy like this:

Fill in the sign-up form  you will soon receive an email from your matched Buddy meet up once or a
few times to discuss your preferred topics  enjoy enlightened life!

KY Buddies

Essi Tervala


Since just recently balancing with challenging management consulting job and finishing Risk Management and Insurance studies as well as pondering my professional interests, I can relate to common problems students are puzzling with. My previous experience in mentoring helped me as a mentee to overcome these challenges and moreover provided new perspectives and inspiring discussions which makes me looking forward to take part in peer mentoring and to share some thoughts!

Max Knuts


With an extensive background in competitive sports, I have always been up for a challenge. The two management consulting internships that I did during my studies in Industrial Engineering and Management at Aalto University taught me to challenge myself even further, without forgetting to enjoy life. Sports are still very close to my heart, and I continuously strive to exercise regularly and try out all kinds of different sports.

Aleksanteri Kontio


I graduated from Industrial Engineering and Management and landed in consulting focused on digital transformation, where I’ve worked with culture transformation and digital platform business since. As common for those gone through high school and university – and consulting – I’m still not sure what is my thing, so I have been and will continue doing interesting and meaningful things which make further learning possible. I feel that’s not a bad way to go about it.

Valtteri Taube


I’m alumni of Aalto University where I studied Marketing from 2011 to 2015. During my studies, I worked part-time in multiple firms and industries to find out what I really like. I never planned to become a consultant but now I couldn’t imagine better place to be!

Maija Rinta-Laulaja


My background in accounting has led me to different positions from finance assistant to financial controller and further to my current role: business consultant. Curiosity, determination and a passion to strive for excellence have supported my growth in my professional career.

Janne Kajasmaa


I have been an active sparring partner in various challenges for the people close to me. I acted as a mentor during my previous employment and the experience was extremely positive.

Riku Lamberg


As a student, I never had a mentor, so as a mentor I hope to be able to give students assistance when they are trying to figure what kind of career they would like to pursue. Besides giving career advice, I’m also open to discussions about other topics such as football, politics and sports in general.

Juuso Saloranta


I’m an Aalto Business School graduate with a major in International Business. During my Master’s studies, I worked at IBM which got me interested in the interface between business and technology. Currently I’m working in consulting in that same interface.

Juha Murtoaro


Industrial Engineering and Management studies were the spark for my curiosity and gave me a chance to test everything from logistics to payments. An outgoing problem solver who loves to get to know new people and still hasn’t figured out his dream job, but is getting closer by putting myself in challenging environments.

Suvi Talja


During my studies, I was eager to test and try everything new from different travelling destinations to studies from business and politics to industrial engineering, until I found a fitting combination from all of them. Mentoring helped me to find my strengths in finance and business development, and I trust this program gives inspirational insights for all of the participants!

Jussi Pukki


When I chose to study accounting at Aalto University after high school, I had no idea what I wanted to do in life. After a bunch of internships in different areas of finance, three years as a controller, and a few months as management consultant, I am slowly starting to get a hunch!

Nelli Peltola


I have graduated from Marketing and worked in finance and accounting department during the studies. However, now after graduation I have been more focused on IT service management related tasks even though I still consider myself a marketer.

Heta Hartikainen


While I now work as an IT consultant concepting software implementations with only very little previous background in the tech field, I never imagined this job would allow me to use all the skills I have in such a versatile and educational way. Therefore, I fully believe that even the strangest skills (like my intercultural studies) could ultimately benefit you in almost any career path you decide to take – as long as you yourself are proactive in looking for opportunities.

Emma Mieskonen


I am a recent Economics graduate interested in continuous self-development, leadership and motivating people towards the best results they can achieve. Having tried my hand in project management, team leadership, data analysis, IT implementation and foundation wealth management – and with an encouragement from my mentor back in the day – I am currently expanding my skillset in Digital&Strategy consulting, eager to pass on my experiences and limited knowledge!