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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 graduate, what would it be?
  • What was instrumental for you in landing your first job as an associate?
  • What soft skills should I develop or seek experience in? (or technical or professional skills; adapt as appropriate)
  • How can I improve my professional visibility?
  • What suggestions do you have based on my career field and goals?
  • Can you recommend two more people I should talk to?
  • What certifications do you recommend 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 graduation?
  • Do you have any recommendations for getting on with insurance companies?
  • Are there any forms that you use in your practice that you find most valuable? Are there associations that you recommend joining?
  • If they have front staff: What qualities did you find most helpful in hiring 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 contracts)
  • What worked for you in developing your patient base?
  • With the new health care and electronic documentation,what are your thoughts/recommendations for keeping current?

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

  • What do you look for in an applicant?
  • 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 professional 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 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.