Last Thursday we had the privilege of being apart of the Speed Mentoring Program. This was an event organised by the Smith Family for students from Wagga Wagga High School, Mount Austin High School and Kooringal High School. Mount Austin High School’s two youth programs Clontarf Academy and Girls@thecentre also had students attend.
Approximately 50 students attended and were given the opportunity to ask businesses questions and engage with them. The aim was providing advice on possible career pathways, job opportunities, study options and training. To hopefully plant a seed.
This event was run in a way where students would have 15 minutes with each business and then rotate to another to continue asking more questions so they could gain the advice and expertise of various people in different walks of life. I was lucky enough to be on the creative table with Tina Bingham from Peppermint Studios. We had a great time with the students and a fair few laughs at some of their ideas on photography and web design.
Our takeaway for the students overall were two pieces of advice:
- Don’t be afraid. Be confident in your self. Always introduce your self and look at people when you are talking to them. This will definitely help you stand out from the crowd.
- If you start doing something and it is not for you – change direction. Better to spend your time changing than not loving what you are doing for the rest of your life!
Any businesses that are interested in participating, feel free to give me a call.