Two good sources for identifying mentors, beyond the usual leaders associated with career development programs are your institution’s database of funded investigators and conference registrations if you are taking speed mentoring on the road.To get your target number you’ll need to ask a large pool of mentors.For the venue, aim for the sweet spot between everyone being close enough to move easily and quickly between mentors, and not being so packed together that it’s hard to hold a private conversation.
This helps you avoid matching people who already know each other well, and lays the foundation for matching mentors and mentees with similar research content and expertise areas.
(Sample survey items at the bottom of post.) When holding sessions locally, we also ask mentees to list their mentors, collaborators, and anyone they would prefer not to be matched with because they already have access to the individual. For an hour long session, plan for five pairings for each person; this allows a five minute intro, nine minutes for a mentee to talk to each mentor, and two minutes for transition time between each pairing.
(Nothing sadder than an empty slot on your dance card.) As you confirm RSVPs from mentees also keep a wait list of mentees to add if others drop.
Step 3 Use a survey in advance to help tailor matches.
Have you ever wished you could have ten minutes for advice or conversation with an experienced researcher outside your immediate circle of mentors? We host speed mentoring at our institution and at the national Translational Science conference.
One hour with five separate conversations is a practical format.
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This isn’t the first time that ambitious professionals have borrowed from the dating scene, of course.
The Better Up app and both connect workers with executive coaches over video sessions, web-based peer groups and suggesting TED Talks and books that could be beneficial.
“It used to be that in order to garner business or obtain new network contacts, you had to devote extensive off-hours time to networking events, whether through professional organizations, or even hitting up a local professional event,” attorney and career expert Wendi Weiner told Moneyish.
Millennials with mentors are twice as likely to stay with a company for more than five years than those without mentors, according to Deloitte Global’s 2016 Millennial Survey.