Career Quick Tips: Questions to Ask During a Panel Discussion or Networking Event

Attending a Tufts Career Center program such as a panel discussion or networking event? Have you ever wondered … What kinds of questions can I ask panelists or networking volunteers?

Here are a few ideas. We encourage you to look at the attendee list in advance, think about who you’d like to speak with, and jot down your own questions for them.

Tufts Questions

  • Were there any courses, clubs, or other experiences at Tufts that helped you prepare for what you do now?
  • What should a student in my position do if I’d like to pursue a path similar to yours?

Position, Organization & Career Field Questions

  • What does a typical workday look like for you?
  • What do you love about your job? What do you find challenging?
  • What kinds of skills and experiences do employers in your line of work look for?

Work-Life and Organizational Culture Questions

  • How do you recommend that I get a sense of the organizational culture and priorities for companies or organizations that interest me?
  • How does your organization support its employees and/or foster work-life balance?

Thinking Back & Looking Forward Questions

  • If you could do anything over again, career-wise, what would that be?
  • How do you see your current role fitting in with your overall career trajectory?