One of the most common reasons that students give us for not actively exploring careers is that they don’t have time during the school year. Now that the school year is over, use the upcoming summer months to examine potential careers. In addition to jobs and internships, informational interviewing is an extremely valuable tool to help you learn more about a career field or organization. If you follow the steps below, you’ll be able to conduct one informational interview a month and have three completed by the time you return to PC in the fall.
- Create a LinkedIn profile
- Use LinkedIn Alumni Pages to find alumni in a desired career field
- Connect via LinkedIn and ask to conduct an informational interview
- Set time/date for a phone or in-person informational interview (in person is always better!)
- Refer to the Networking and Informational Interviews guide in eFriars for help conducting the informational interview
- Show up on time, dressed nicely for interview, conduct interview, and thank them for their time
- Send follow up thank you note or email
The outcomes of an informational interview include learning about the preparation and education needed for a particular career field, gaining an understanding of the daily work that is done, and making a networking contact in that career field that may be very useful later on. If the interview results in turning a you away from that career path, that is still a very valuable learning experience. Don’t let disappointment overshadow the value in learning that a desired career field isn’t a fit for you after all.
The Center for Career Education is open all summer and students can call and speak to a Career Advisor for help with any of the above by calling 401-865-1290 and setting up a phone or in-person appointment.
Don’t Wait! Don’t let the summer go by without conducting at least one informational interview. You’ll be glad you did!