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Career Exploration Activities

 

Informational Interviewing

An informational interview is a process in which individuals gather information about a particular field or occupation from an industry professional. This is an excellent way to explore whether or not you would be satisfied working in the profession of interest. Check out this informational interview tutorial that has a list of sample questions which can be useful when planning for an informational interview.

Job Shadowing

Job shadowing can be thought of as an expanded informational interview. During your job shadow experience, you follow the professional you’re shadowing through his or her work day. You observe the rigors of the job, the company culture, and ask lots of questions. Where an informational interview typically lasts about a half hour, a job shadowing experience can be anywhere from a few hours, to a day, to a week or more, depending on what you can mutually arrange with the person you’ve chosen to shadow.

Internships

Internships are an important way to get real-world experience in the career field you are pursuing. The popular job search website, Indeed, also lists internship opportunities. Statistics show that employers are more likely to hire college graduates that have internship experience. Many internships are paid, and most offer school credit!

Volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to gain experience and network with others. VolunteerMatch believes everyone should have the chance to make a difference. That's why they make it easy for good people and good causes to connect. They've connected millions of people with a great place to volunteer and helped tens of thousands of organizations better leverage volunteers to create real impact.

 

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Last updated: September 5, 2017