Modeled after speed dating, speed mentoring offers a contemporary approach to helping students meet professionals in their fields of interest. Informational interviews, where college students ask pointed questions, offers a real-world view of work and exposes career seekers to options they may not have considered. Although we typically think of matching college students with seasoned professionals, peer mentorship can occur in high school and give students a chance to practice their leadership skills.
LifeBound’s new book, LEADERSHIP FOR TEENAGERS: FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE 21ST CENTURY, addresses peer counseling and other ways high school students can build their leadership strengths. We are seeing interest for this resource from Summer Academies and year-long programs, including Gifted and Talented, Link Crew, student council, athletics and other places where faculty or staff are looking to strengthen leadership potential among students. We have several leadership experts and people from the business world reviewing this new resource, and if you would like to give us feedback because of your role in preparing students to develop leadership habits for our global world, call our national toll free # at 1.877.737.8510, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll email a sample chapter to you.
Speed mentoring helps make career matches
By Greg Latshaw
April 6, 2010
With breath mints laid out on the tables, light jazz playing in the background and an antique school bell keeping the time, the University of Texas-El Paso looked ready to host a speed-dating session.
But this February night wasn’t about making romantic connections. It was a speed-mentoring event staged by the school so that 30 students planning a career in medicine could get four minutes of face time with doctors from a wide range of specialties.
Paloma Sanchez, a 20-year-old studying microbiology at the school, said the event’s timed conversations and musical chairs approach got her results. She met a cardiologist who has agreed to let her do a shadowing program at a hospital this summer.
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