Explore a New Career With an Informational Interview

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If you’re contemplating a career change, it can be hard to know how happy you’ll be in a new position or industry. Find out more about your next move by finding three to five people who are doing the kind of work you’re interested in.

Contact them to set up informational interviews. If you don’t know anyone, find people through colleagues or social media. Don’t feel timid about contacting someone. People are usually flattered when you ask for their opinions, and most enjoy talking about what they do. You can always offer to take the contact to lunch to sweeten the pot. Before the meeting, prepare a list of questions you’d like to ask the interviewee. These may range from “What do you like most about your work?” to “What’s an average day like for you?” to “What does someone have to do to get ahead in your field?”

Adapted from Harvard ManageMentor Online Module: Career Management.

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