It’s an occupational hazard – I want to know more about people and their work. When meeting someone at a conference or gathering, career related topics always flood my mind. I tend to ask a fair amount of questions – but in these situations that most often consists of the more “garden” variety queries; How long have you been with your organization? Do you travel much?
These are not the questions that I’d really like to pose. I’d like to know much more about you and hear the “unabridged” story. The successes, the failures, the wrong turns, the U-turns – all of the highs and lows. They all meld to form a meaningful career.
Most of us become so busy with our everyday work lives, that we fail to carve out a moment of pause to reflect on our careers. That process would take time and the right frame of mind – but I encourage you to do so.
So, here are the questions that I would really like to ask you:
- How did you choose your line of work (be completely honest)?
- Would you make that same choice today?
- When you think about work, do you feel energized?
- If you could create your dream role, what would that be?
- Who was your most challenging boss and why?
- Who was your most aggravating co-worker and why?
- Are you most creative alone or on a team?
- What kind of work spaces motivate you?
- What is your most memorable failure?
- What single thing would you change (if you could) to improve your work life?
I’d love to hear some of your answers and what you might do with the information. Feel free to share that here.