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PCCAMP - Primary Care Career Advisement and Counseling Program

Questions to Ask Students

Questions to Assist in Career Advisement

Goal:

  • Your goal is to help the student discover their best possible career choice.
  • You are a facilitator not a decision maker.
  • Focus is the student, not yourself.

First-Year Students:

  • Career Advising - Questions to Ask StudentsWhat were the top two reasons you chose medicine as a career?  Are these still real or valid? Reasons for you to be in medical school? Can you reflect on these reasons now, as a medical student?
  • What career issues are on your mind today?
  • What classes are you taking?  What have you found enjoyable about some of the classes?  What aspects of your classes are you not enjoying?
  • What are you passionate about? 
  • Do you prefer formal or informal relationships?  How does the specialties (y) you are interested in relate to your answer.
  • How do you see work fitting into your life plan?  Which specialties do you think will help you achieve this work-to-life alignment?
  • What are the skills you are best at and enjoy using the most?
  • Do you like working more with people or technology?
  • What are three things you do very well? Let’s list specialties that use these attributes.
  • What career specialties are you thinking about?  Tell me why each of these interests you.  Tell me any areas of concern you have with each of these.

Third- and Fourth-Year Students:

  • What specialties are you avoiding?  Why?
  • What career specialties are you thinking about?  Tell me why each of these interests you.  Tell me any areas of concern you have with each of these.
  • What criteria are you using to make a career decision?
  • What are the skills you are best at and enjoy using the most during your clerkships?
  • What new skills would help you understand your career choices better?
  • What do you think will be the most/least enjoyable aspect of this specialty for you?
  • Tell me about your most interesting case and describe what you learned from it.  How does this experience relate to your specialty choice?

Students with Major Indecision:

  • You are experiencing difficulty in making a career choice?  What has helped you in the past when attempting to make a decision?
  • What activities should you do to assist in exploring your indecision?
  • What can you do in the next four months to have an impact on your decision-making process?

Primary Care Career Advising and Mentoring Program
263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT 06030
Phone: 860-679-7969
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