It can be difficult to ask developmental questions.
As a result, Big 4 firms continually get feedback from employees that they want more development/feedback.
Below are a series of developmental questions geared toward strategically guiding a conversation. You can ask a mentee/counselee or have your mentor/coach ask you these questions.
Note: The categories below come from How to: Develop Your Career
Do your job
- What are you proud of accomplishing in your current job?
- Do you have what you need to do your best work?
Take on more
- What are your knowledge or skill gaps?
- Are there parts of our business you are curious about?
Excel in customer service
- What relationships are you developing outside of your team/function?
- Who at the client sees you as a go-to for questions?
Be a great mentor (and find a great mentor)
- How are you developing your team?
- Do you have a formal or informal mentor at the firm?
- Are there other positions/engagements/roles in the firm you are interested in?
- What can I do to help you progress in your career?
In conclusion, don’t let your development wait on the firm’s programs (they do not have a magical development wand). Instead, take ownership. Seek out meaningful conversations.