Questions for ‘Mentor Talk’ Guests

The following questions and topics have been developed by our interview teams to explore experiences and information likely to be helpful to young adult and youth viewers. Please note that they may be modified at times to take into account a guests’ specific field or background. In such cases, the guest will be provided the revised questions.

Please be sure to inform your coordinator if you wish to strictly follow the questions and would prefer not to be asked follow up questions that may occur to the interview team on the spot.


1 What do you love about your career?

2 What made you choose it in the first place?


3 How did your undergraduate & if applicable, graduate education prepare you for your career?

4 What undergraduate and graduate programs would you recommend?


5 What kind of impact does your career have on people & society?

6 What kind of volunteer work related to your career, if any, have you performed for the Community?

7 Are there any volunteer programs that you would recommend?


8 What do you think the most important skills & qualities needed for your career are?

9 How did you develop them?

10 Are there any programs or internships that you recommend to help develop those skills and qualities?

11 Are there any other resources you would recommend?


12 How did you get your start?

13 What obstacles did you face getting started & during your career?

14 What was the single biggest factor in achieving the success you wanted?

15 What is the best thing and what is the worst thing about your career?

16 Where do you see your industry in 5 years? In 10?


17 Did you have mentors that helped your career?

18 If so, who were they and how did they help?

19 How did you develop your network?

20 Other than people you actually knew, who were some people you modelled your career after?


21 Did you ever have doubts about your choice of career?

22 What continues to motivate you?

23 Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In 10?

24 What’s the best advice you have to give the next generation?

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