Suggested questions to ask your mentor at your first meeting
Why did you choose to attend Columbia College?
Where did you grow up? If outside of NYC, what was it like transitioning to NYC?
Can you tell me about the most formative aspects of your College student experience?
Can you tell me about your career journey since the College and about your work today?
What are some things I should be doing now to help me make important decisions like choosing a major or trying out a particular industry/career?
Talk About Your Personal Lives and Interests
Who do you talk to when you need advice?
How do you deal with criticism?
How do you stay motivated?
What books or authors have influenced you?
What newspapers, magazines and websites do you read most often?
What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
What are some challenges you’ve faced and how did you grow from them?
Suggested career-related questions to ask your mentor
How did you choose your industry?
Was it your first choice?
What type of skills do I need be successful in that industry?
What type of person would excel in that industry?
Can you talk about advancement in your field?
What are your favorite and least favorite aspects of your job?
What are some challenges in your industry?
What is the work environment like at your company? How would you describe the culture? How did your College degree prepare you for this role?
What are some of the roles and responsibilities of recent graduates at your company?
How is your company/industry evolving? Has it changed a lot in the last few years?
What trends do you see in your field?
What are some internship/job search strategies you would recommend?
Talk About the Structure of Your Mentorship
What is the best way to get in touch?
How often do you expect to meet, talk or email? Can we consider establishing a monthly communication schedule?
Can we set up a plan or schedule for when each of us should initiate contact?
What should the focus of our second meeting be?
Can we discuss tangible goals for our relationship and what we each hope to gain?