Questions to Ask Mentor
Welcome to the SSCP_APS Job Mentorship Database! We hope you will find this to be a useful resource.
As you prepare to contact a mentor, we realize you may be wondering about what types of questions
to ask. To facilitate this process, the following list contains a variety of topics you might consider. This is
simply meant to be a guide to be used in conjunction with the topics you are interested in – you might
consider choosing up to five questions when contacting your mentor so that your mentor can respond in
a timely way.
Questions for Potential Mentor
- What do you think is the best educational preparation for a career in this area?
- What types of educational/clinical/etc. opportunities would you recommend seeking out?
- Are there additional requirements (such as licensure, certifications, etc.) to hold this position?
- How did you learn about or get into the role/position/job/area you are currently in?
- What experiences have you had that you think have been most important to leading you to where you are today?
- What is your education and/or professional background? Where did you do your training?
- What are the most important skills for being successful in this type of work?
- What would make a recent graduate competitive for this type of job position?
- Are you a member of any professional organizations?
- What types of continued training are helpful or required for this position?
- Which professional journals and/or organizations are most applicable to this job area?
- What does a typical work day/week involve for you? What are your major responsibilities?
- What types of other professionals do you get to work with in your area?
- What types of clients do you work with?
- What theoretical orientation do you tend to work from?
- What assessment instruments/batteries do you use?
- What are the typical hours one would work in this position?
- What do you view as the biggest issues or challenges facing people in your area/field?
- What is the job outlook for someone wanting to enter your discipline or obtain a job that is similar to yours?
- Are there other similar/related positions or areas you would recommend I explore?
- How could I learn more about this type of work?
- What are the best resources for someone interested in/working in your field?
- In what ways does your research impact your clinical/other work (if applicable)?
- What are the things you like most and least about working in this position?
- What do you wish you would have known about this career path when you were still a student?