Last Wednesday, March 6, 2013, the one-year M.B.A. cohort took part in the relatively new annual event, titled “Speed Mentoring.” Dreamt up by Laura McEwen, Director of Graduate Business Programs, “Speed Mentoring” is a unique way for students to prepare for interviews and network with various experienced executives within the Buffalo area. Catholic Health, Citi, Evans Bank, Fisher-Price, Hodgson Russ LLP, M&T, NFTA, and Rich Products were just a few of the represented companies.

Students had only five, timed minutes with each professional. With such limited time, students were encouraged to prepare an “elevator speech,” which should relay a story about one’s past path, personality, and future professional goals, all while maintaining uniqueness.

When McEwen initially informed the cohort about this particular event at the beginning of the fall semester, I froze. I could not imagine successfully completing one professional interview, let alone partaking in a series of mini-interviews. Looking back, I should have had more faith in myself because the one-year M.B.A. program does a fantastic job in priming graduate students for these types of events. After being required to attend the Business Awards Ceremony, along with weekly networking sessions as a part of our Leadership Development Series, this event felt completely natural.

For me personally, the feedback I have received from various professionals has been extremely helpful and rewarding. After speaking with such a wide array of individuals, I can honestly say I am confident in both my interviewing abilities and my choice to pursue a marketing position within the Buffalo area.