WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK CAREER MENTOR?

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There are probably questions to ask a career mentor that you would like answered. Some of them might be fairly generic in nature.  Others may be specificly relative to a career field. No matter which direction you want to go, we would be happy to hear your questions and, in some cases, help with the answers.

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POSSIBLE QUESTIONS TO ASK CAREER MENTOR

Some questions that may be on the mind of those scheduling a session with a mentor are:

1. What is a typical day like in a ___(fill in the blank)______ career?

  • You may feel you already know what the answer will be, but you may be surprised to encounter some unexpected answers.

2.  What is a non-typical day like?

  • This one will bring on surprises too! Determine if you see  yourself handling a non-typical day or decide on what steps you need to take to do so.

3.  What skills are needed to be successful on one of those non-typical days?

  • Here comes your chance for improvement or enhancement of your current skills to match such success.

4.  Why did you choose to enter this career field?

  • People that have succeed in during their career usually have strong characteristics or reasons for their motivation and success. Learning those could help you determine if yours are similar.

5.  What causes some people to fail in this role?

  • The truth is that everyone makes mistakes. See if your mentor will tell about mistakes they made along the way and how they overcame them to continue their growth and advancement so you could do the same.

6.  What would you have done differently at this position?

  • Investigate how you might avoid typical roadblocks or issues that arise in this field.

7.  Are there accomplishments for which you are most proud?

  • Understanding those accomplishments may lead you to undertake similar objectives in the planning and development of your own career.

8.  What approach should I take to get to understand all of the skills and qualifications needed to be successful in this field?

  • You may get an answer that you never thought of before that could be key in your decision to continue or in your ability to be successful in the transition.

9.  What do you wish you would have asked before you entered this field?

  • The answer to this may give you insight to highlight exactly the same thing for you.  Even if it doesn’t, it was certainly key to your mentor and may come into play later in your development.

10.   How should I prepare for my initial job interview to show that I am competent with transferable skills for this different career field?

  • Be sure to examine your skill set to determine which are transferable to the field of your interest. Be prepared to explain how they can benefit the new role.





 

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These are just some of the questions to ask career mentor during a mentoring session. There are may others as well.

What if there were questions to ask career mentor that was an entrepreneur?  How different would those questions be?

What if it were a strong technical field? How would the questions change?


It would be great to hear from you about the questions that you would like to ask or should be asked.  In fact, your questions would be placed here on this website for others to see and learn from.

What would you like to know?

What should anyone ask a career mentor?

It’s easy!

Fill in the form below and send it in. We will be happy to discuss with you and present your questions (and answers too, if you provide them) here on this site.

Let’s join together and help anyone who is looking to make a career change by helping them with great and extensive questions for their mentors.


IT WOULD BE GREAT TO HEAR FROM YOU ABOUT THE QUESTIONS THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO ASK OR SHOULD BE ASKED

In fact, your questions would be placed here on this website for others to see and learn from.

What would you like to know?

What should anyone ask a career mentor?

It’s easy!

Fill in the form below and send it in. We will be happy to discuss with you and present your questions (and answers too, if you provide them) here on this site.

Let’s join together and help anyone who is looking to make a career change by helping them with great and extensive questions for their mentors.

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Don D'Armond is the creator of Career Redo.

His goal is to connect his visitors who want to learn more  about their desired new career fields with experienced individuals (Mentors) to transfer their insight and knowledge.