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If you are meeting up with a mentor, someone whose career you admire or are asking for professional advice from a family friend, it pays to have some strategic questions ready to go.
Your one-on-one chat with your mentor should be a conversation that flows, so these questions are here just to get the party started 🎉
Arrive prepared with a few key questions or topics prepared and be sure to listen so you learn from the experiences of your mentor and soak in any helpful feedback they provide.
Remember your mentor is often giving up their valuable time to help you in your professional career, so make sure you respect their time ⌛
Okay, so before we dive into questions you might be wondering how do you find a professional you admire and ask them to be your mentor? We’ve summed up mentoring in our article Should I find a career mentor? (yes, and here’s why).
Now, onto good questions to ask your mentor. Let’s split them into topics you could speak about.
Mentoring is a professional relationship. If you’re a high school or university student, this might be your first mentoring experience and that’s something you can talk about with your mentor. Before you meet, reflect on yourself and what you hope to get out of the mentorship. Then you could ask your mentor:
Your mentor has been there before you. Chances you choose to pair with them because you want to follow a similar career path, study the same thing or learn more about the industry. Ask your mentor questions like:
If someone has offered to be your mentor, often it means they are willing to be an open book. Take the opportunity to ask them about their career path, how they got to where they are, the lesson they learnt along the way and if they wish they did something differently.
Now the spotlight is back on you. After all, the mentor relationship is about launching your career. Offer up information about yourself, your goals and dreams, your hard skills and soft skills. Your mentor may set you tasks and challenges as they get to know you and push you outside your comfort zone. You could ask them:
Are you feeling confident about meeting with a mentor now? Are you on the lookout to find one? Sign up for one of our FREE Virtual Work Experiences and during the experience you’ll meet with our amazing mentors and be able to ask questions and for feedback. Let’s goooo.
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