Getting Mentored: Astute Questions to Ask Experienced Colleagues

Getting Mentored: Tap Experienced Colleagues w/ These Questions!

Getting mentored is a huge boost to your career. It accelerates your starting point and prevents some of the gritty pain of learning. Yet many in the workforce overlook the simplest way of getting mentored — asking astute questions of more experienced colleagues.



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Getting Mentored: Ask These Astute Questions of Experienced Teammates & Leaders

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Getting Mentored: Ask These 6 Questions of More Experienced Colleagues

Getting mentored is all about tapping the experience around you. With multi-generations in the workplace, the possibilities are vast and the available experience infinite.



These questions go past simple how to’s and expand relationships and your future.


  1. When has work been most and least enjoyable for you? Why? How have you dealt with the bad times? What’s your secret to staying positive?
  2. What non-occupational pursuits have helped you most at work? Why and did you fall into those pursuits or did you plan them?
  3. How have you managed up over the years? How has it helped your career?
  4. From your experience, what distractions do you suggest overlooking? How have you kept your eye on what’s important?
  5. What do you know now that you wish you had known years before? Why?
  6. What are you glad you did along the way and what do you wish you had done differently? Why?


Getting mentored through questions and answers is immensely valuable. Two millennials who recently attended my professional people skills workshop told me: “Thank you for this. We really need mentoring. You engaged us not Powerpointed us. You shared your experience and asked us to share ours. This is so valuable.”


Show interest in others’ experience. Build relationships with them. Choosing one mentor has its advantages. Getting mentored through many experienced colleagues is priceless!


In the two years leading up to starting my own business, I asked loads of questions. The insight I gained guided and sustained me. I am grateful to all those who mentored me with their experience by answering my questions.



In the spirit of this post, what questions would you add to this getting mentored list to help others?


From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™

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Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™, delivers coaching, consulting, training, and keynotes on leading change, employee engagement, teamwork, and delivering the ultimate customer service. She turns interaction obstacles into interpersonal success. See this site for workshop outlines, keynote footage, and customer results.


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2 Responses to “Getting Mentored: Astute Questions to Ask Experienced Colleagues”

  1. […] These questions go past simple how to’s and expand relationships and your future.When has work been most and least enjoyable for you? Why? How have you dealt with the bad times? What’s your secret to staying positive?What non-occupational pursuits have helped you most at work? Why and did you fall into those pursuits or did you plan them?How have you managed up over the years? How has it helped your career?From your experience, what distractions do you suggest overlooking? How have you kept your eye on what’s important?What do you know now that you wish you had known years before? Why?What are you glad you did along the way and what do you wish you had done differently? Why?  […]

  2. Excellent article Kate! Sharing with my community!!!!

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