If You’re Not Asking Your Mentor These Questions, You’re Wasting Your Time

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Mentors are some of the most important people to your career advancement. Usually more experienced than you, they can offer you guidance, support, advice and strategic direction. They can act as a sounding board for your ideas, hold you accountable, and give you critical feedback. In short, your mentor is your trusted advisor.

But, mentor/mentee relationships are two-way streets. We’ve talked about how to be a good mentee, but I recently came across this wonderful article that lists 25 Questions to Ask Your Mentor.  The author lays out 4 categories of questions: Stories, Situations, Self-Awareness and Skill-Building. Asking questions around each of these categories will help you deepen your relationship with your mentor and get the most out of your time together.

What are some questions you ask of your mentor? If you are a mentor to someone, what kinds of questions would you like to be asked?

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