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Speed Mentoring: How it works

Speed mentoring is a series of short focused conversations about specific questions.

You’ll meet with six to ten mentees in short, timed sessions. We expect more than 40 mentees and 15 mentors divided in groups of six. Our mentees, who are both students and alumni, will move from mentor to mentor as each round ends. The session will end after 6—10 minutes, you can take a few minutes break and mentees will sign in, get familiar with the setup and sign up for a resume review. The first 24 mentees will be assigned a mentor for the first round. If there are no available mentors, remaining mentees will be worked into the cycle as quickly as possible.

When directed, mentees will proceed to their first mentor’s table. At the start and end of each speed mentoring round, a bell will ring. Mentees will then proceed to the next mentor table. There will be two minutes to switch and prepare for the next round, so please wrap up quickly. Not all mentors will meet with all mentees.

When a mentee sits down with you: After a brief introduction, the mentee is to give his/her elevator pitch. In general, mentees should share:

  • Name
  • Major / Degree prior to entering TCC
  • Skills
  • Awards / Achievements
  • Successful Projects
  • Career Aspirations / Goals

Mentees should then proceed to ask two to three questions. There most likely will not be time to cover all questions. They were provided the following list of questions to consider:

  • If you could only give one piece of job hunting advice to a new gradu-ate, what would it be?
  • What was instrumental for you in landing your first job as an associ-ate?
  • What soft skills should I develop or seek experience in? (or technical or professional skills; adapt as appro-priate)
  • How can I improve my professional visibility?
  • What suggestions do you have based on my career field and goals?
  • Can you recommend two more peo-ple I should talk to?
  • What certifications do you recom-mend prior to graduation or after?
  • When you were in your last trimester after boards, what did you do while a student to prepare for post gradua-tion?
  • Do you have any recommendations for getting on with insurance compa-nies?
  • Are there any forms that you use in your practice that you find most valu-able?
  • Are there associations that you rec-ommend joining?
  • If they have front staff: What quali-ties did you find most helpful in hir-ing your staff?
  • Are there questions as an employer that you should not miss asking?
  • If you are coming in as an associate, what are some important things you should be aware of (ie. with con-tracts)
  • What worked for you in developing your patient base?
  • With the new health care and elec-tronic documentation, what are your thoughts/recommendations for keep-ing current?

Do your best to answer the questions quickly and with specific steps the mentee can apply.

  • What do you look for in an appli-cant?
  • What skills seem to be generally missing in recent candidates?
  • What professional groups can they join?
  • What do you wish you’d know when you looked for your first pro-fessional job or opened your new practice?

This is where your experience both as a job seeker and as an owner of a practice will be valuable. At the end, the mentee(s) should brief-ly answer the question, “What will you do as a result of this discussion: What's next?” They’ve also been ad-vised to collect business cards and to follow up as a way to build their profes-sional network.

Please read our Mentor Guid for further information on the TCC mentoring program.