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Mentors have achieved proven success Mentors can provide guidance Mentors have networking experience Choosing a mentor Important questions to ask your mentor Was there a moment when you realized you wanted to do what you do now? What was that spark of inspiration like? What inspires your work now? How do you approach your work when you feel a mental block toward it, or are feeling uninspired? What’s the best advice you can give to help plan and inspire a career? What are non-negotiables for you when it comes to choosing a company or client to work with? How have you learned to embrace risk-taking? Do you have a personal mentor? If so, how did that relationship come to be and what have they taught you? Would you consider your work a passion? Or do you try to separate work from your passions? What is an important leadership lesson you have learned? Do you find balance between your work and home lives? If so, how do you approach that? Do you have a ritual or routine that you have found benefits your productivity or environment? What is the best way to prepare for a performance review? How do you keep your feelings separate from your decision-making, if the issue arises? How do you stay on top of industry news and updates? Are there particular websites, periodicals, social media accounts, books or other options I should be following to stay ahead of the curve? Does your work benefit from networking-specific events? If so, which ones do you actually enjoy? How can I politely communicate to my coworker that I thrive without micromanagement? What do you do to constantly challenge any limiting beliefs you may have and open your mind to new perspectives? What is your favorite way to start the day? How would you have done it all differently, if given the chance? What are your core values when it comes to work environment and productivity? Do you know anyone who works at X, Y or Z companies that I could connect with about a potential opportunity? Would you be willing to be a reference on my job application? What are some important questions to ask during my interview for X position at Y company? How do you handle setbacks in the workplace or during the application process? How do you keep your motivation high while looking for new opportunities? Do you think this networking happy hour will boost my chances at getting hired at X company? I am considering X job at Y company and M job at N company. Given our relationship and your experience with the way that I work, do you have any thoughts on which position would be the best fit for me moving forward? Is there a personal quality or skill you’ve developed over time that you consider essential for your work today? On a scale from 1-10, where 7 is not an option, how would you rate your satisfaction with your professional, financial and personal life at your current state? FAQs Related content Videos

Let’s face it… most of us just aren’t going to stay in the same position at the same company our entire lives. Gone are the days when people would rise through the ranks within their corporation, landing themselves stability and community for decades on end in the same place. While it’s perfectly normal to rise through the ranks, career moves are a different game than they were in the past.

One of the most incredible resources you can find in your life is a mentor. A mentor is a successful person in your field who has time and experience under their belt and a proven track record that could potentially benefit your career track. Most importantly, they are willing to build a working relationship with you and guide you through thoughts, questions, and concerns you may have when approaching career pivots, moves and growth. Mentors are often professors, higher-level coworkers, C-Suite members or upper management and professionals in your workspace with expansive networks.

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So, what is it about a mentorship that is really important for maneuvering your career goals?

Mentors have achieved proven success

As noted, mentors usually have more experience in your field than you do. Professors you may have had at university can glean some knowledge, as they have both hands-on experience, and have been able to guide and mold young minds in that specific area as well. Mentors know what it takes to succeed in your career field, and often have proven success. Learning about their journey and heeding their advice can help improve your career trajectory.

Mentors can provide guidance

Depending on the way their career unfolded, mentors can greatly shape your professional journey. Have an idea for how to move through a new project at work? See if they have any feedback. Applying to new positions? Let them know, and see if they have any interview advice or thoughts on how to approach a writing concept for your application. If you find the right person, they can even work off of intuition based on their own career experience. It is helpful in most cases to simply have someone in your corner to steer you away from total chaos and confusion.

Mentors have networking experience

Not only does the right mentor in your field have a Rolodex of essential contacts and influential people in the space, but they have networking experience under their belt. So, even if they are not personally familiar with the Head of A&R at a major label, they may know their assistant or have met the marketing manager at an event. Even when their networks don’t necessarily overlap with your career trajectory, they have experience in the networking space and can give you advice on how to meet new people, handle new contacts and nurture relationships.

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Choosing a mentor

Finding a mentor isn’t necessarily the easiest task – it isn’t advisable to just go with the first person you see who has approached a similar career path. Choosing a mentor in the first place takes research, a bit of intuition and a whole lot of faith. Make sure to meet with them before committing to a working relationship, like a phone call, video conference or in-person experience will familiarize you with their cadence and personality. These can be integral to consider how you may work together.

Ensure that your potential mentor shares your values so that you do not get yourself into a position where the wrong priorities are being upheld. Look closely for someone who has achieved similar goals or career pivots to the ones you’d like to go after. The right mentor will help you move through your career, sifting through opportunities with a fine-toothed comb and encouraging you the whole way. Approach someone who has the bandwidth to nurture your relationship and work through different paths with you.

In this regard, it is also important to be able to offer your mentor things they may be needing in their career. This can include feedback – both personal and in the public review space – networking opportunities within other industries and a different perspective. It has to be a give-and-take relationship, though most mentors will simply be honored that their work and personality are respected and revered.

Important questions to ask your mentor

Once you have found someone who you are comfortable speaking with about your potential career path, there are so many places to start when discussing everything. We have put together a list of questions to help kickstart your conversations. It includes thoughts you can revisit over the years with your mentor, as well as other mentors you may encounter along the way. Who knows? Maybe you can refer to these questions when you, yourself, have a mentor or two that look up to you in your future position.

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Let’s dig in. Here are great questions to ask a mentor the next time you are able to sit down and talk:

  1. Was there a moment when you realized you wanted to do what you do now?

  2. What was that spark of inspiration like?

  3. What inspires your work now?

  4. How do you approach your work when you feel a mental block toward it, or are feeling uninspired?

  5. What’s the best advice you can give to help plan and inspire a career?

  6. What are non-negotiables for you when it comes to choosing a company or client to work with?

  7. How have you learned to embrace risk-taking?

  8. Do you have a personal mentor? If so, how did that relationship come to be and what have they taught you?

  9. Would you consider your work a passion? Or do you try to separate work from your passions?

  10. What is an important leadership lesson you have learned?

  11. Do you find balance between your work and home lives? If so, how do you approach that?

  12. Do you have a ritual or routine that you have found benefits your productivity or environment?

  13. What is the best way to prepare for a performance review?

  14. How do you keep your feelings separate from your decision-making, if the issue arises?

  15. How do you stay on top of industry news and updates?

  16. Are there particular websites, periodicals, social media accounts, books or other options I should be following to stay ahead of the curve?

  17. Does your work benefit from networking-specific events? If so, which ones do you actually enjoy?

  18. How can I politely communicate to my coworker that I thrive without micromanagement?

  19. What do you do to constantly challenge any limiting beliefs you may have and open your mind to new perspectives?

  20. What is your favorite way to start the day?

  21. How would you have done it all differently, if given the chance?

  22. What are your core values when it comes to work environment and productivity?

  23. Do you know anyone who works at X, Y or Z companies that I could connect with about a potential opportunity?

  24. Would you be willing to be a reference on my job application?

  25. What are some important questions to ask during my interview for X position at Y company?

  26. How do you handle setbacks in the workplace or during the application process?

  27. How do you keep your motivation high while looking for new opportunities?

  28. Do you think this networking happy hour will boost my chances at getting hired at X company?

  29. I am considering X job at Y company and M job at N company. Given our relationship and your experience with the way that I work, do you have any thoughts on which position would be the best fit for me moving forward?

  30. Is there a personal quality or skill you’ve developed over time that you consider essential for your work today?

  31. On a scale from 1-10, where 7 is not an option, how would you rate your satisfaction with your professional, financial and personal life at your current state?

It is important to remember that, even if you have a more casual or personal relationship with your mentor, their time is incredibly valuable. Keep your thoughts succinct during a mentorship meeting, or build them into a natural conversation while out to drinks or coffee. Your thoughts and questions could potentially inspire their work, so you want to make sure you are filling your time with prepared material as often as possible. As always, emphasize your gratitude for their willingness to work with you.

In the meantime, here are some great tips for when you do get that job of your dreams.

FAQs

What do you talk about with your mentor on the second meeting? ›

Ask about their professional experience

Learning more about your mentor's specific experiences, the challenges they've overcome, how they arrived where they are today and how they continue to succeed is invaluable. Take the time to discuss your mentor's career, both past and present.

How do you start a conversation with a mentor? ›

Mentor Tip: Conversation Starters
  1. Introduce yourself and ask protégés about themselves.
  2. Talk about your hobbies, favorite movies, books, music, family, community where you live, etc.
  3. Ask protégés about their hobbies, favorite books, music, family, school, academic and career plans, etc.

How do you ask an intelligent question in a meeting? ›

How to ask the right questions in a meeting
  1. Clarify the purpose of the meeting.
  2. Question the questions.
  3. Broaden your group.
  4. Draw in quiet participants.
  5. Look to sustainability and scalability.
  6. Look for faults.
  7. Identify the next step.
Jun 14, 2017

What are the 3 A's of mentorship? ›

The three A's comprise active listening, availability, and analysis. When you work with your mentor you should experience these three A's working in tandem.

How can I impress my mentor? ›

How to Make a Good First Impression on Your Mentor
  1. Find someone passionate about your field.
  2. Grab their attention.
  3. Crush your first meeting.
  4. Set clear goals for working together.
Dec 4, 2016

How do I get the most out of my mentor? ›

Top tips to get the most out of mentoring

be open, honest and willing to trust your mentor's advice. expect to be challenged and pushed out of your comfort zone – this is how you develop skills. expect to make some mistakes - you will learn from them. remember your mentor is volunteering their time so never waste it.

How do you structure a meeting with a mentor? ›

Regardless of who's taking the lead, though, your first mentor meeting agenda should flow roughly like this: Build rapport: learn about each other, discuss personal and professional history, look for common ground. Discuss mentoring topics: such as skill-related, career story, situational advice, and leadership topics.

What are the seven roles of a mentor? ›

The physician-researcher as mentor has at least seven roles to fill: teacher, sponsor, advisor, agent, role model, coach, and confidante (1, 6, 7). The mentor needs to customize each role to match the characteristics of the fellow.

How do I make mentoring fun? ›

10 Professional Mentoring Activities that Boost Mentee Engagement
  1. Kickoff your mentoring relationship with coffee (or tea) ...
  2. Have a goal planning session. ...
  3. Create a vision statement. ...
  4. Do a mutual job shadow. ...
  5. Roleplay. ...
  6. Discuss goal-related news or events. ...
  7. Read a book together. ...
  8. Attend a virtual or physical conference together.
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How do I prepare for my first mentoring session? ›

Tips for preparing yourself for your first mentoring session with your mentor
  1. Send a LinkedIn invitation to your mentor. ...
  2. Communicate your mentoring goals to your mentor. ...
  3. Plan the mentoring meeting. ...
  4. Define your mentorship expectations. ...
  5. Take action and have fun.

What to do in mentoring sessions? ›

6 Steps to a Successful First Mentoring Session
  • Provide Resources. As soon as you've paired mentors and mentees, get in touch with them and provide them with everything they need to get started. ...
  • Prepare Topics. ...
  • Design a Goal-Setting Framework. ...
  • Create a Schedule. ...
  • Define Action Items. ...
  • Create a Feedback Loop.
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What are high impact questions? ›

A high impact question requires a demonstration of business/commercial acumen (company knowledge) and industry knowledge, combined with your ability to ask a professional, challenging question that establishes your expertise.

What is the most intelligent questions to ask? ›

Break the ice and get to know people better by selecting several of these get-to-know-you questions.
  • Who is your hero?
  • If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
  • What is your biggest fear?
  • What is your favorite family vacation?
  • What would you change about yourself if you could?
  • What really makes you angry?

What are the 5 questioning techniques? ›

We'll also cover when to use each one, and how they work.
  • #1 Open-ended versus closed-ended questioning.
  • #2 Funnel questioning.
  • #3 Asking probing questions.
  • #4 Asking leading questions.
  • #5 Asking rhetorical questions.
Aug 12, 2016

What are the 3 best questions to ask in an interview? ›

Best Questions to Ask the Interviewer
  • How would you describe the responsibilities of the position?
  • What are you looking for in a candidate?
  • What are the biggest challenges of this job?
  • How would you describe a typical day in this position?
  • What is the typical work week?
  • Is overtime expected?
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What are the 3 C's of mentorship? ›

Clarity, Communication, Commitment – the key to successful mentoring programmes.

What are the 4 key aspects of mentoring? ›

4 Key Facets of Successful Mentoring Relationships
  • Consider compatibility. The most successful pairings are based on an honest assessment of requisite strengths and weaknesses of both mentor and mentee. ...
  • Prioritize quality over quantity. ...
  • Match supply with demand. ...
  • Communicate candidly.
Aug 11, 2017

What are the four stages of mentoring? ›

Successful mentoring relationships go through four phases: preparation, negotiating, enabling growth, and closure. These sequential phases build on each other and vary in length. In each phase, there are specific steps and strategies that lead to mentoring excellence.

How do you get your mentor to like you? ›

How to build a successful mentor relationship as a mentee
  1. Set SMART goals. Be respectful of your mentor's time and make the most of it. ...
  2. Demonstrate your interest. Your mentor is investing time into you and your career. ...
  3. Connect often. ...
  4. Be appreciative. ...
  5. Give back. ...
  6. Ask for feedback. ...
  7. Come prepared. ...
  8. Apply what you learn.

How do you keep in touch with your mentor? ›

Here are four tips on how to successfully maintain a relationship with your mentor:
  1. Determine the best way to communicate. Everyone has a different communication style. ...
  2. Commit to regular meetings as best you can, and make them worth your mentor's while. ...
  3. Be flexible. ...
  4. Stay in touch and keep your mentor in the loop.
Oct 6, 2017

How often should you meet with your mentor? ›

For mentors giving you career development tips or “life” advice, it may be sufficient to meet two to four times a year to check in and to help you establish connections with other important individuals as your career progresses.

How do you thank a mentor after first meeting? ›

Again, thank you so much for speaking with me. You gave me a lot to think about and I am so excited to start implementing some of these new ideas. Mentors are often busy people and their time is valuable, and they want to know that it is being used wisely.

How long should a mentoring session last? ›

Plan each meeting for a minimum of one hour. After six months meetings should become less regimented and should occur as needed. It may be easiest to set monthly meetings for the same time each month for ease of scheduling. Never leave a meeting without confirming your next meeting.

What is the most important quality a mentor should have? ›

Good mentors are enthusiastic people, enjoying the role they play in helping others achieve their goals. There are many qualities of a good mentor. While considering a mentor, look for someone who is enthusiastic, a good fit, respectful of others and a respected expert in their field.

What are the key qualities of a good mentor? ›

What Are the Qualities of a Good Mentor?
  • Relevant Expertise or Knowledge. ...
  • Enthusiasm for Sharing That Expertise. ...
  • A Respectful Attitude. ...
  • Eagerness to Invest in Others. ...
  • The Ability to Give Honest and Direct Feedback. ...
  • Reflective Listening and Empathy. ...
  • Willingness to Be a Sponsor.
Jun 19, 2020

What qualities make a good mentor? ›

Characteristics of Excellent Mentors
  • Good listener/sounding board.
  • Flexible.
  • Value diversity of perspectives.
  • Knowledgeable.
  • Nonjudgmental.
  • Able to give constructive feedback.
  • Honest and candid.
  • Able to network and find resources.

What can mentors offer? ›

Mentors can develop leadership skills and gain a personal sense of satisfaction from knowing that they've helped someone. Mentees can expand their knowledge and skills, gain valuable advice from a more experienced person, and build their professional networks.

What are good questions to ask a professional? ›

Questions To Ask: Informational Interview
  • What are your main responsibilities as a...?
  • What is a typical day (or week) like for you?
  • What do you like most about your work?
  • What do you like least about your work?
  • What kinds of problems do you deal with?
  • What kinds of decisions do you make?

What questions would you ask a leader? ›

Where do the great ideas come from in your organization? Which is most important to your organization—mission, core values or vision? How do you or other leaders in your organization communicate the core values? How do you encourage others in your organization to communicate the “core values”?

What do you talk about with your mentor on the first meeting? ›

Regardless of who's taking the lead, though, your first mentor meeting agenda should flow roughly like this: Build rapport: learn about each other, discuss personal and professional history, look for common ground. Discuss mentoring topics: such as skill-related, career story, situational advice, and leadership topics.

What do I want from a mentor? ›

A mentor should be honest, objective and far enough from the situation to both help you see the things you're doing well, and recognise where you can improve. They may be able to see your problems from a different perspective, and help you widen your own so that you come up with better solutions.

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