University of Toronto

Innis Alumni & Friends

Networking Questions

Below is a list of sample questions, which you can draw from to initiate conversation with your mentor/mentee. You can think of it as a conversational cheatsheet!

Mentees:

Introductions – name, career/academic journey/favourite stress-reducing activity

Did you always know this is where you wanted to be?

What do you enjoy most about your job?

When you’re not (insert career role/academic situation) what are you doing?

What was your favourite thing to do outside the classroom?

Why did you choose to be involved in this program?

What did you wish you knew when you were at my stage?

If you could have an alternate career what would it be?

Mentors:

Introductions – name, career/academic journey/favourite stress-reducing activity

Did you always know this is where you wanted to be?

When you’re not being a student what are you doing?

Why did you choose to be involved in this program?