You will identify and interview someone who can inform you about their career path and choices. The person you choose to interview should be someone who can provide valuable insight into the particular filed you want to enter. You can interview someone you know, or a Suffolk Alumni from LinkedIn. The following are questions to ask during the interview. Type up a 2-3 page paper, by April 5, summarizing the steps you took to find this person, information on this person, the answers to your networking questions, and the insights you received from the interview. Don’t ask all of the questions, select several to keep the conversation going (about 15 – 20 minutes).
After your interview, answer the following questions:
· What is your job like?
· What happens during a typical day?
· What do you do? What are the duties/functions/responsibilities of your job?
· What kinds of problems do you deal with?
· What kinds of decisions do you make?
· What percentage of your time is spent doing what?
· How does the time use vary? Are there busy and slow times or is the work activity fairly constant?
. Why did you decide to work for this company?
· How does your company differ from its competitors?
· If you could do things all over again, would you choose the same path for yourself? Why? What would you change?
· What are the educational, requirements for this job? Is graduate school recommended? Does the company encourage and pay for employees to pursue graduate degrees?
· Do you have any advice for someone interested in this field/job? Are there any written materials you suggest I read? Which professional journals and organizations would help me learn more about this field?
The whole interview could be spent finding answers to the dozen or so questions you decide to ask. But as you practice and move further toward your target, questions will probably pop into your head spontaneously based on what you need to know.
Pay careful attention to what’s said by the person you interview. Ask questions when something isn’t clear. People are often happy to discuss their positions and willing to provide you with a wealth of information.
Try to keep the conversation friendly, brief, and focused on the contact person’s job and career field.