Whether you find yourself in the position of identifying your career path or locating a position within your identified field of choice, it is important that you investigate the job market for employment trends and marketplace needs.
An effective method of gaining information is through informational interviews. In this interview, you ask the professional questions about their own personal experience and gain advice about your career. The informational interview is an effective method of collecting information about your field and it provides an opportunity to develop a network of contacts.
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Questions You Might Ask During an Informational Interview
What do you do on a typical day in your job?
What kinds of projects do you work on?
What are the responsibilities/duties?
How would you describe the demands of your position with respect to time involved per week, pressures, job complexity and interaction with people?
What do you like best about your job?
What characteristics of this job cause the most frustration or dissatisfaction?
What kind of personal characteristics/attributes are needed to succeed in this field?
What qualifications are needed?
Can people specialize in this occupation? If so, what are the areas of specialization?
What kinds of changes are taking place in this type of work?
Has your occupation changed you as a person?
What were the primary factors that led you to this occupation?
What is the career potential in this field?
Will there be good future opportunities?
What are typical career paths in this field?
What kinds of organizations do ______ work in?
Who are the major employers in this field?
What organizations hire entry-level people?
Are there opportunities for a flexible schedule?
What would you estimate as a starting salary for entry-level position in this field?
What kind of experience should I get to make me more marketable to this field?
What advice would you give to a person entering this field?