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Sample Questions

Here are some questions that may give you a better idea of a profession. Alums are eager to talk about what they do, so don't worry about imposing. Ask away!

  • What is the outlook for this field?
  • What are the major issues? The big picture?
  • What do you wish you had known about this field when you were my age?
  • How do you spend your average day?
  • Do you like what you do? What are your greatest frustrations at work?
  • Do you work autonomously, or in a team? How much flexibility do you have?
  • How can I best prepare for this field - through coursework, extracurricular activities, or professional associations?
  • What are the main obstacles to entering the field?
  • Is there on-the-job training?
  • What about advancement opportunities? What is a typical career path?
  • What advice do you have about my résumé?
  • What books or professional journals might be useful to read?
  • What people or organizations would it be helpful for me to contact for information?
  • If relevant: Are there any special advantages or disadvantages for women in your field or organization?
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This page was last updated on 28 July 2014