Conversation-Starters: Career

If you’re feeling stuck in your career or want advice from your elders, the holidays are the perfect time to talk to family, friends, and colleagues about their professional paths. Ask them about a career milestone or a new business venture you’re considering, or ask them about how they’ve overcome specific challenges in their professional paths. Chances are you’ll both come out of the conversation wiser.

  • If you could have any job in the world, what would you do?
  • Ask older family members to describe their first jobs.
  • Did someone at the table experience a career milestone this year, such as starting a new job, graduating, or receiving a promotion? Ask them to share how it’s going.
  • What’s your proudest career moment to date?
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