Informational interviewing is one of the best ways to get good career information and start building your network of career contacts after graduation. It simply involves talking with people who have knowledge about a career field that interests you.
In a brief appointment, which usually lasts 20 to 30 minutes (maybe less if by phone), you ask questions to learn about such things as pros and cons of the work, the demands, the sources of satisfaction, the training required, the future outlook, how to get started in the field, and more. Informational Interviewing allows you to gain knowledge about the field from an “insider’s” perspective. It can help you decide if you really want to pursue the career field, and give you valuable information and contacts for your job search.
Steps to Successful Information Interviewing:
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