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


Preparation/Education
  • 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?
Professional Development
  • 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?
Job Specifics
  • 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?
Career/Future
  • 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?
Misc/Other
  • 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?