Invite business leaders from your local community to meet with small groups of students.

What is Speed Mentoring?

Speed Mentoring encounters allow educators to invite employers from their local community into schools to engage with students and answer questions.

Business leaders participate in a series of short, focused conversations about specific career questions and topics. Business leaders meet a limited number of mentees in 10-minute time slots each to provide coaching.

The aim is to introduce young people to a wide range of business leaders, broadening their horizons and encouraging them to aim high.

Speed mentoring should be set up as a student-led, ‘carousel’-style activity, where groups of students move between different business leaders, with pre-prepared quick-fire questions. Each group will talk to a business leader for a short period of time (commonly 5-15 minutes) about their job/career. At the end of the period, they will move on to a further business leader, circulating a number of different volunteers over the duration of the event.

What is the impact of Speed Mentoring?

Speed mentoring offers students the opportunity to ask meaningful questions to a range of different business leaders, to gain an insight into their working life and receive advice on the skills that are needed to be successful in today’s economy.

This is a unique chance for students to get coaching from business leaders in their community and can have a significant impact on their future life choices.

Recent research by the Education and Employers Research, ‘How to Make the Most of Career Events with Employers’, found that, of the common forms of careers encounters, Speed Mentoring is often the most effective in supporting students.

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We understand that your time as an educator is limited, which is why we have made our service as quick and easy as possible.

We will reach out to Business Leaders on your behalf and update you every step of the way, until the visit is completed.

Simply click the link below to search for Business Leaders in your local area and get started.