Speed Mentoring for Careers in CIE is a unique opportunity for conference attendees—particularly students and early-career professionals—to learn firsthand from practitioners, academics, and other professionals working across these areas about the diversity of career paths in the field of comparative and international education. The event will have a special emphasis on career paths outside of academia (e.g., with I/NGOs, research institutes, bi/multilateral organizations, foundations, independent consultancies, and others) and feature mentors from a variety of professional roles, levels of experience, and life circumstances.
How does it work? Structured in a “speed networking” format, the session will feature volunteer representatives (“mentors”) individually seated at roundtables. During a series of timed rounds participants are free to go to any mentor table of their choosing and engage in discussion with the mentor. Mentors will speak about their career trajectory, challenges they faced and how they overcame them, and guidance for navigating the job search in their area. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and request practical advice from those with experience working in the field. At the end of each round, participants move to a new mentor roundtable.