I have been wanting to have a career mentor for couple years. This year our (software) company is starting a mentoring program.
I have two topics that I think I need help in developing my career, and I'm wondering if these are good topics to work with a mentor, or could they raise red flags in HR or my management chain?
How can I train myself to get more resilient to face the stressful situations like barely making (or missing) deadlines, working with spaghetti legacy code and occasionally missing an undocumented assumption or code path, leading to several bug tickets. The stress and anxiety that I feel is in the form of "OMG did I screw up badly this time? Is my job on the line because of this?" thoughts.
In my discussions with my manager I get hints that I'm on the path towards being a technical leader (architect) of our product. This is all good and exciting, but there is a chance that this product may cease to exist in a decade or two while I'm in the middle of my career. I may need to move on to another product in our company or industry that is quite different from the current one. How can I improve myself to face such a situation? What transferable skills in our company/industry can I train myself in, so that when such an event comes to pass I will retain at least some of my value?