As a soon-to-be graduate, the Speed Mentorship event sponsored by University of Toronto Affinity Partner Manulife and facilitated by the Community Engagement Committee in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto was a very valuable experience. As our class prepares to apply for jobs and enter the world of physiotherapy as clinicians, we all have a lot of questions, and this event was a great way to not only have some of those questions answered, but to introduce us to new topics and situations as we approach graduation.
The group of clinicians included individuals with a wide-range of work experience including those who worked in hospital, outpatient MSK, rehab, research, and home-care settings, all of which had very unique backgrounds and years of experience. The fact that a brief bio was provided beforehand made it very easy to recognize the individuals who shared my interests and who I would consider approaching with my questions. Additionally, with the food provided and organized schedule, I was able to meet/speak with a number of clinicians in an efficient circuit in both intimate group settings as well as informally at the mixer afterwards.
Also, it is great that the event is coupled with a mentor-matching opportunity based on my initial career goals and interests. As the event is only one night, the opportunity to remain connected to at least one of the mentors is great. To be able to continually reach out with questions formally during my initial 6 months post-graduation is invaluable, and I could imagine it will help to ease my transition into the workforce.
Overall, the event was organized and executed very well, and I am grateful for the way that it impacted, and will continue to impact, my thoughts about the profession and ease into practice.
PT Class of 2019
The Speed Mentorship Event provided an opportunity to meet and make connections with community physiotherapists from multiple areas of practice in an informal setting . During the event I learned about the different areas of practice (eg. hospital versus private) and what the work environment looks like and the roles the physiotherapist plays in those settings. It was also a great way to learn about the transition into practice for new grads. The Mentor Mentee Match program was also very beneficial, I was matched to a community clinician that has similar career goals and area of practice interests. It was nice to have a mentor I can reach out to for practice resources or even just advice on resume building, jobs, interviewing, etc. I would highly recommend both the Speed Mentorship event and the Mentor Mentee match to the second year students.
PT Class of 2019
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