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Mentee scheduling a session with a VP, I need your help!
Hello, I have a meeting set with a mentor in the next few weeks. I have known the VP from my previous job position over 8 years ago and I kept in touch at least 2 times a year to provide progress updates. Can anyone assist in providing useful questions I can ask the Mentor about career growth and opportunities? Because this will be the first face to face interaction in many years, I am hoping to get proper direction. Searching the internet for information doesn't put me much at ease. Your help is appreciated. Thank you
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Christine
On my LinkedIn profile you can find an article ‚how to prepare for meeting your boss‘ (sorry we are asked not to put links here).
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1 reply by Christine Walters
Feb 06, 2020 12:51 PM
Christine Walters
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Thank you Thomas, I sent a request through Linkedin for invite.
Christine,
Your questions will depend on what role you want to grow into, it's not what your mentor has to tell, the mentor has to unable/show you the efforts you have to make to be successful.
Christine -

Mentoring is tied to achieving specific objectives. You should prepare for the meeting by clearly articulating what you hope to get out of the relationship and your expectations for the mentor.

A mentoring contract is a good way to establish a "charter" for the relationship after the preliminary meeting.

Kiron
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1 reply by Christine Walters
Feb 06, 2020 12:53 PM
Christine Walters
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Thank you for your insight Kiron, much appreciated!
Dear Christine,

You should not see your meeting with your mentor as daunting or something to worry about or need to prepare for. Quite the opposite. Your mentor knows a little bit about you and he/she wants to see how their life and professional experience will assist you to develop your own career. From looking at you CV/Resume your mentor will only have built up a basic mental picture of the person you are and a face to face meeting will help him/her to understand you and the kind of person you are. For these kinds of meeting I would not spend much time preparing for them. Only bring any information requested by your mentor. These meetings do not take the form of an interview, test or questionnaire. The only way you will get anything out of this process is you act like yourself in a professional setting.

Daire
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1 reply by Christine Walters
Feb 06, 2020 12:54 PM
Christine Walters
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Great insight Daire, I will keep your thoughts in mind.
Dear Christine
Interesting ersta your question
Thanks for sharing

What is the specific purpose of this meeting with the mentor?

What do you intend to improve in your current role and, eventually, what you need for new and future challenges?
Good luck! One of my cousins is a VP there. His first name is Darryl.
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1 reply by Christine Walters
Feb 06, 2020 12:56 PM
Christine Walters
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Thanks for the wish Steve, I am sure the meeting will go fine. Sometimes we need support and direction for a successful interaction!
Feb 05, 2020 3:56 PM
Replying to Thomas Walenta
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Christine
On my LinkedIn profile you can find an article ‚how to prepare for meeting your boss‘ (sorry we are asked not to put links here).
Thank you Thomas, I sent a request through Linkedin for invite.
Feb 06, 2020 12:19 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Christine -

Mentoring is tied to achieving specific objectives. You should prepare for the meeting by clearly articulating what you hope to get out of the relationship and your expectations for the mentor.

A mentoring contract is a good way to establish a "charter" for the relationship after the preliminary meeting.

Kiron
Thank you for your insight Kiron, much appreciated!
Feb 06, 2020 5:57 AM
Replying to Daire Guiney
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Dear Christine,

You should not see your meeting with your mentor as daunting or something to worry about or need to prepare for. Quite the opposite. Your mentor knows a little bit about you and he/she wants to see how their life and professional experience will assist you to develop your own career. From looking at you CV/Resume your mentor will only have built up a basic mental picture of the person you are and a face to face meeting will help him/her to understand you and the kind of person you are. For these kinds of meeting I would not spend much time preparing for them. Only bring any information requested by your mentor. These meetings do not take the form of an interview, test or questionnaire. The only way you will get anything out of this process is you act like yourself in a professional setting.

Daire
Great insight Daire, I will keep your thoughts in mind.
Feb 06, 2020 9:41 AM
Replying to Steve Ratkaj
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Good luck! One of my cousins is a VP there. His first name is Darryl.
Thanks for the wish Steve, I am sure the meeting will go fine. Sometimes we need support and direction for a successful interaction!

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