One of the best ways to learn about a field of work is to talk with someone doing that work. Career Connections is a network of people who have agreed to do informational interviews with
To get connected:
- Talk with one of our career counselors so we can provide an appropriate Connection.
- Contact your Connection, requesting a time just to talk and learn. (Do not ask for a job!)
- Meet with your Connection, using some of the questions below to facilitate your discussion.
- Send a thank you note after your conversation!
Twenty great questions to ask in informational interviews:
- Tell me a little about your background. How did you get started in this field?
- Why did you decide to work for this company?
- What do you do during a typical day?
- What is your favorite aspect of your work?
- What is your least favorite aspect of the job?
- What are the rewards and frustrations of this field in general?
- What sorts of changes are occurring in your occupation?
- How is the outlook for employment in this field?
- What degrees, skills and experiences are important for someone entering this career?
- What courses and past experiences proved most valuable for you in this job?
- How is my experience so far for entering this field? What else should I do?
- What are the typical entry-level jobs?
- What can you tell me about this company's atmosphere and culture?
- What is expected outside of work hours in terms of availability, social events, etc?
- How flexible are dress codes, work hours, work locations, and job schedules?
- How has your job affected your lifestyle?
- How long do people typically work in their jobs here?
- What would be the next step in your career?
- How are salaries in this line of work?
- What other fields or companies do you think I should research?