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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:
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:
Do your best to answer the questions quickly and with specific steps the mentee can apply.
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 briefly 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 professional network.
Please read our Mentor Guide and Mentee Guide for further information on the TCC mentoring program.