By Tim Weaver, Marketing and Communication Intern
Speaking to professionals (also known as Informational Interviewing) is a great way to explore career options and find a job.
I experienced first-hand how powerful Informational Interviewing can be when the Career Development Center assisted me in connecting with professionals in career fields that I am interested in. The helpful tips and career insights that I attained from this experience cannot be learned elsewhere.
As an aspiring videographer and photographer, I had the opportunity to speak with someone who operates his own videography business and has traveled the country to pursue his dreams. I also spoke to a professional who has worked with several television series on the A&E Network, as well as music and movie festivals.
Through both phone and email conversations, I was able to get a better understanding of what it is like to be in a professional’s shoes.
Conducting Informational Interviews can assist students at Gwynedd Mercy University with meeting professionals in their desired fields in a couple of ways, including:
what you want- Students often question what they’d like to do after graduation.
Informational interviewing allows people
to decide which jobs are appealing, and which ones are not. Students can learn
more about the pros and cons of specific careers.
- Networking- this process is crucial in order to improve one’s understanding of careers and gain employment. Informational Interviewing allows people to speak with individuals in their desired fields, while establishing and maintaining relationships. Informational Interviews can build your confidence with talking to others and allow you to further assess yourself, as well as gaining insight on areas that need improvement. You can constantly meet new people and foster relationships.
Students can greatly help themselves by becoming more comfortable with talking to professionals. Goals or dream careers can be discovered as a result of Informational Interviewing.
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