Grad school exit interview
August 26, 2013 4:33 PM Subscribe
I'm leaving my graduate advisor's lab (engineering/biochemistry) after getting a PhD and spending some time as a postdoc there as well. The two of us are going to have lunch in a few days as a farewell/exit interview, and I'd like advice on what questions I could ask him that would be the most helpful for me.
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My advisor and I have always had a cordial and professional relationship, although without a lot of communication and definitely never sitting down for a meal with just the two of us. Certainly at times I've been frustrated with him and I feel he can probably say the same about me, but on the surface everything has been very civil. I don't feel a huge amount of gratitude towards him but just think of him as a boss I've worked with for many years. I have no idea what to expect at this lunch but if I had to guess, I'd predict 45 minutes of awkward small talk and some discussion of projects I'm finishing up.
Maybe this would make things even more awkward, but I was hoping to come up with some questions I could ask to coax out advice for my own personal growth and career development. Is this typically done in an exit interview or specifically a grad school exit interview? Or is that just a bad idea and no need to get personal at the very end? Any advice appreciated!