Speed Mentoring is one of the great perks of PD Week. Do you find it difficult to see a career path toward a goal of becoming a CFO or CAE? Are you overwhelmed with the number of job opportunities available throughout the federal government and are unsure which to pursue to get the desired set of skills and competencies? Have you tried asking your peers for career advice, but found that the scheduled mentoring session gets postponed or cancelled, as they are too busy?

Take advantage of a rare opportunity and meet with a current or recently retired CFO, a former CAE and/or senior leader in the world of government finance for a one-on-one career mentoring session. Each session lasts 15 minutes. Come prepared to get the most of it - see below for on how to be prepared.

There are two options for Speed Mentoring:

Group mentoring - Full one-hour session:

  • Monday to Friday | 9:00am to 10:00am
  • Capacity: 20 participants per day (4 CFOs with 5 mentees each)
  • Registration: Online Registration - Details coming shortly!

One-on-one Mentoring:

  • Monday, Tuesday and Thursday | 15-minute sessions | 3 sessions between 1:00pm - 2:00pm and 3 more sessions between 2:30pm - 3:30pm
  • Capacity: 30 participants per day (5 CFOs per time slot) 
  • Registration: Onsite Registration at the Speed Mentoring Booth - Go early! First come, First served!
Come prepared!

Here is how a session unfolds: To start, you briefly describe your education, competencies and career path so far and provide your own perspective on future opportunities, to allow the mentor to understand your current situation and provide relevant advice. Then you use the remaining time for dialogue and questions. This is not a recruiting session, but rather a mentoring session about career planning, and you are to be cognizant of the questions you ask.

In 5 short videos, Claude Caron, CPA, CMA, one of PD Week 2015's Speed Mentors, answers 5 frequently asked questions during one-on-one speed mentoring sessions, which are:

  1. Is being bilingual important for my career advancement?
  2. How can I professionally move up?
  3. Does having a mentor help with my career advancement?
  4. What are some of the ways to find new job opportunities?
  5. What are the most important skills to develop for my career advancement?

You can access the video here: http://www.fmi-igf.ca/lms/SpeedMentoring/story_html5.html