After a jam packed first semester the Wits Engineers Without Borders team ushered the new semester with their annual much anticipated speed mentoring event.
Speed mentoring is an event whereby members are given a chance to interact with the best industry mentors in a fun speed-date like fashion. How this works is that each mentor is allocated a table and the members (who are mostly students studying towards an engineering degree) rotate around each mentor after a 5 minute interval. Each interval allows the students to ask as many questions as possible and gain insight into what post university life looks like. After each student has had an opportunity to interact with each mentor, we allow the students to further connect with various mentors over light snacks in an unhurried environment. Students can then seek out their favourite mentors and exchange details with promises of a future mentor-mentee relationship.
This year’s speed mentoring brought in the best industry experts, who have done remarkable, extraordinary things with their engineering degrees. Not all mentors worked in the conventional engineering field, as some of them decided to pursue: banking, data analytics and entrepreneurship among many other avenue’s. This was greatly beneficial to members as they got to see the vast applicability of an engineering degree. The mentors who attended this year's event were also actively trying to change/ better the world. This immensely inspired our members to not only do well for themselves but also continuously try to positively impact the lives of others as well.
“The mentors were motivational, inspirational and so humble as well, I definitely aspire to be like them in the near future” - An EWB member happily said at the end of the event.
All in all it was an exceptional event, and all who attended left the event feeling a little less scared, and a little more excited about their bright futures.
Engineers Without Borders- Empowering engineers to empower communities.
Written by Eunice Bohulu