Speed dating first evolved over a decade ago, but it has become much more popular in recent years, especially among baby boomers and seniors.Perhaps the increasing need for companionship is to blame, or maybe the adrenalin-pumping nature of the event makes it so attractive.
- Looking back over your career, have you ever thought “if only I’d known that at the time”? Mentoring can help and it’s usually a subtle and long-term relationship, but Wits civil engineering students decided to hurry things up a bit.
The Wits Student Chapter of SAICE (South African Institution of Civil Engineering) organised an event where students could meet people in the industry.
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South African dance culture can be appreciated across the country in well-equipped venues or in cosy corners where the dancing is often done to the din of revelry.
It ran like speed dating: the students got four minutes with each industry mentor before moving on to the next.
Chapter spokesperson Phiwe Linda Maseti says: “The students found it useful in getting personal questions answered and as a networking opportunity.
Whatever the case may be, speed dating for older adults is more common and more useful than ever before; it has transformed into an art, where those who can master its style are most successful. Keep reading and we will catch you up to speed (no pun intended).
Now you might be wondering, how does one speed date? Speed dating is a quick form of dating, designed for meeting multiple individuals in a short amount of time.
Our mentors found it useful too as they also had the opportunity to network among themselves.
Some students who were looking to get possible jobs out of it said they managed to land a meeting. They included lecturers from Wits, Master’s students and working professionals from companies like Aveng, Arup, Joburg Water, Genrec Engineering, Zitholele Consulting, Mott Mac Donald and others.
When time is up, the coordinator will ring a bell, blow a whistle, or clink a glass, at which point the participants switch seats to meet the next person.