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Talking with people about their careers, or "information interviewing," is one of the most powerful ways to learn about a career. Questions about their background, their day-to-day, and the challenges and rewards of the positions can help you decide the best trajectory for your own career plan. Here's how it works - Simply follow the 5 steps listed below.

Step 1: Do Your Homework

Get the most from the interview by researching careers and company web sites before your interview.

Resources for researching:

Step 2: Find a Professional

Contact friends, family, faculty, and classmates asking if they know anyone who works in your field of interest. If you are having difficulty finding a professional to interview, please contact the Career Development Center for help.

Step 3: Contact the Professional

Email, write, or call to request a meeting. “I am a student at IU Southeast trying to decide my major. I am very interested in the field of ______________. I received your name from ______________. Would you be willing to meet with me briefly in the next few weeks to talk with me about your job and your career path?”

Step 4: Conduct the Interview & Ask for Referrals

What do you want to know? Prepare your questions in advance. You may want to seek confirmation from your research.

  1. What do you do on a typical day?
  2. What did you major in and would you do anything differently?
  3. What training or education is required?
  4. Is a graduate degree recommended?
  5. If you could change one thing about your job, what would it be?
  6. What do you love about your job?
  7. What don’t you like about your job?
  8. Does your company have an internship program?
  9. What do you look for in a job applicant?
  10. What starting salary range would be typical for new college graduates?
  11. What future earning potential might be typical in this industry?
  12. What advice would you give to a student preparing for this field?
  13. What part-time jobs or community service work would be a good fit?
  14. How important are extracurricular activities when hiring graduates?
  15. Is there someone else in the field you might suggest I speak with?

Step 5: Show Your Appreciation

Informational interviewing can have both short-term and long-term benefits. In the short term, you gain information and insights that can help you focus your career direction. In the long term, you may establish an important contact for future employment. Be sure to connect on Linkedin and send a thank-you note within 24 hours mentioning how the talk helped you and what suggestions you plan to implement.

Career Development Center Events

Sigma Kappa EC Meeting

Sigma Kappa EC Meeting

October 24th, 2021

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Sigma Kappa Formal Meeting

Sigma Kappa Formal Meeting

October 24th, 2021

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Intramural Flag Football Registration Deadline Oct 24th at midnight

Intramural Flag Football Registration Deadline Oct 24th at midnight

October 24th, 2021
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October 25th, 2021

11:58 PM - 11:59 PM

Monday Bible Study

Monday Bible Study

October 25th, 2021

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Coffee at the Clock Tower

Coffee at the Clock Tower

October 26th, 2021

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Alcohol Screening Day

Alcohol Screening Day

October 26th, 2021

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Spectrum Fall 2021 Meetings

Spectrum Fall 2021 Meetings

October 26th, 2021

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Men’s Basketball vs. Simmons College of Kentucky

Men’s Basketball vs. Simmons College of Kentucky

October 26th, 2021

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Haunted IUS Walking Tour

Haunted IUS Walking Tour

October 26th, 2021

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Alcohol Screening Day

Alcohol Screening Day

October 27th, 2021

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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