Suggestions for Mentees

The most effective mentorships occur when there is strong communication between the mentor and mentee. Maintaining an open-ended conversation with your mentor will keep the mentorship active.

Here are some sample questions that you can ask your mentor to jump start the mentorship:

  • What was your experience like as a student or early in your career? Reflecting back, what is something you wish you have known back then?
  • What are some of the challenges you faced in getting to your current job?
  • Can you discuss the day-to-day life in your current job?
  • What do you like most/least about your job?
  • In your current career, what skills are you utilizing the most? Which skills did you learn in school and outside of school?
  • How did you select and achieve your current position? What would I need to do to obtain a job like yours?
  • What is the most valuable lesson that a mentor or supervisor has taught you?

The following is a list of things that you may want to share with your mentor:

  • Why you signed up for and what you hope to get out of your mentorship
  • Extracurricular activities, jobs, or hobbies you have
  • Your reasons for choosing your major and what classes you are currently taking
  • Your career aspirations
  • Your concerns about school and work, and your hopes for school and work
  • Be open to discussing any other factors that might influence your academic and career decisions (for example, family obligations, financial constraints, etc.)


Remember, you should never give your personal address or any other personal information that you are not comfortable sharing.