When you are considering changing careers or trying to decide on a career, many people forget how helpful informational interviews are. The purpose of an informational interview is to find out information about a career from someone who has knowledge about and experience in a particular field. This can help you decide if you want to pursue a career in this field or switch your attention to something else.
Here are a few pointers on what to consider when setting up an informational interview:
Narrow down what interests you
Figure out what career you are interested in learning more about. Try to match it to some skills you already have and decide if you might need more education.
Do some basic research
Research the career you are considering and the different titles people will have in that career. Figure out what education this career requires you to have and how much time you will spend gaining the skills needed. Find out what the entry level positions are that lead to this career, since you can’t start off in your dream career immediately. Research what the entry level position pays and what the higher level management is paid. Read more