Real Mentors Tell You This
You have a mentor, but what exactly is it that the two of you are accomplishing together? What do you actually discuss? Do you meet dutifully each month or each quarter to discuss your thoughts on your career progression or lack thereof? Do you explore reasonable “next positions” for you? Do you evaluate the pros and cons of your going back to school for that MBA or perhaps an M.S.? Is an overseas assignment a good idea? Should you take job A over job B? How can you become a manager, top scientist, CFO, or executive?
These are all perfectly legitimate topics; after all, a mentor has achieved some level of success and should be perfectly capable of answering such routine questions. However, I submit that if this is all that is happening between you and your mentor, then you are not taking advantage of the wealth of experience mentors can provide.