PSYCHOLOGY GRADUATE STUDENTS!
It's time for Speed Mentoring!
WHEN: Friday, Sept 19, 2014, 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
WHERE: University of North Texas Health Science Center
(specific room pending)
WHAT: You’ve heard of speed dating – dozens of people looking for the right match, cycling through short conversations to quickly sort out potential future partners from potential romantic “duds." Now, rather than meeting a potential love interest, you are meeting potential mentors, colleagues and sources of information to help you make the most of you prospective career as a psychologist. That's speed mentoring, FWAPA style!
We’ll get started at 12:30 with lunch, a welcome and instructions about the process, then we’ll start the speed mentoring. You will sit across from a practicing psychologist for 5 minutes, and will have a chance to ask any questions you may have about that psychologist's career. The time limits are important. After 5 minutes, a bell will ring and everyone will quickly move on to the next mentor After 5 minutes, a bell will ring and everyone will quickly move on to the next mentor so that everyone gets around the table.
The purpose of speed mentoring is to provide a quick hit of information in the form of a discussion about careers in psychology. You will have the chance to query practicing psychologists from a variety of specialties and work settings. Students have found it helpful to have a few specific questions for the mentors, such as:
If you could give one piece of advice to a new graduate, what would it be?
What was instrumental in finding your first professional job?
Why did you chose your specialty or work setting? What do you enjoy most about what you do?
What specific skills should I develop or seek experience in?
In the past, we have had psychologists from an array of settings, such as school districts, prisons, elder care facilities, veterans’ hospitals, children’s’ hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, private clinical practices, private counseling practices, private neuropsychology practices, private industrial consulting, university psychology departments and counseling centers, and research settings. We had a wonderful response from the graduate student mentees and the mentoring psychologists who participated.
If you plan to participate, please register or RSVP by September 10th.
Hope to see you there!