Get ready for your session with IBM SkillsBuild learners

You are a professional who has gained some experience with career entry and/or change. That´s exactly what IBM SkillsBuild learners would also like to achieve and where you can share your experience.


You are possibly learning coaching or mentoring skills with IBM Blue Core Mentoring or IBM Blue Core Coaching or any other internal or external program. You might already have experience supporting employees in their career development. These are all great skills to apply and practice in Career Conversations with SkillsBuild learners. However, a specific mentoring or coaching training is not a requirement.


The Career Conversations training resources below will get you ready for your virtual sessions. They will help you to understand your audience and their needs, how to approach sessions with them and make the most out of your volunteering for the IBM SkillsBuild learners and for you.


1. Who do you meet for Career Conversations?

2. What are Career Conversations about?

3. How to build rapport and handle non career-related questions

More resources for building rapport:

4. How to connect for a Career Conversation

Volunteer Playbook

Find links to relevant standard IBM training material:

IBM Leadership Academy: Mentoring
IBM Manager Guidance: Career Conversations
IBM Leadership Academy:
IBM SkillsBuild: Mentor training (Sign up to required)
IBM Consulting: Mentor toolkit
IBM Consulting: Coaching Basics
IBM Blue Core Coaching training
IBM Global Sales: Advanced Sales coaching approach


Find material for job search requests:

Review LinkedIn Profile: 20 steps to a better LinkedIn Profile (LinkedIn article)

Review Resume and Cover Letters: Resumes and Cover Letters (Stanford School of Business Resources)

Mock Interviews: What is a mock interview? (with 6 example questions) Indeed Career Guide


Happy volunteering & don't forget to track your volunteering hours!