6 Steps to Finding Your Professional Mission

Listen: The Importance of Mission and Purpose, with Heidi Hackemer (6:45 - 9:38)
Discussion Questions:

  1. What are your current values and interests? Do they align with your company’s?
  2. Ask yourself Heidi’s questions: What do you really care about? Why are you really doing this?
  3. What is the purpose of the work you are doing right now? Are you satisfied with it?
  4. What are your goals for the future?

Insider Secrets to Make You Stand Out to Your Boss 

Read: You'll Need More than Potential to Get Promoted
Discussion Questions:

  1. How do you communicate to your boss about your accomplishments?
  2. Did you ever initiate a conversation about promotion?
  3. Are you comfortable taking risks, when you feel you might not be ready?
  4. How do you pump yourself up and build the confidence to put yourself out there?
  5. How do you open yourself up for feedback?

Strategic Career Planning

Read: Have a Destination in Mind? Put Your Foot on the Path and Start Walking
Discussion Questions:

  1. Think of a time when you had a goal. How did you approach it? Who in your network did you reach out to for help? What skills did you use?
  2. What are some non-professional goals do you have? How will you integrate them into your life?
  3. What are some things you want to do but couldn’t at your current job?
  4. How often do you review your career goals? Have you ever had to pivot and change long-term goals?

Knowing Your Worth

Read: 7 Coping Strategies to Overcome Impostor Syndrome
Discussion Questions:

  1. Have you experienced imposter syndrome before? When did you realize this?
  2. Do you ever find yourself downplaying your success or comparing yourself to others? Why do you think you do?
  3. Have you ever worked in an environment where women didn’t support each other? Do you think we should? If so, why is it important that we do?
  4. Instead of comparing yourself to others, learn from them but their journey is not yours. How can you be a better version of yourself?