So many times I have heard this phrase: “I am not sure what is it that I want to do” and so many people don’t know where they are going in their career. Both when you’ve just graduated, by the way, and after 7 years in your role. Have you ever heard of such thing as Informational Interview? Keep reading to find out how to get to the clarity on what to do next.
I know it may be not easy to apply your strengths into use. Some might find even discovering their strengths difficult. But I know this: you can find yourself through a conversation. In fact, people not only rediscover themselves via dialog but reinvent themselves either. And it doesn’t necessarily have to be with a coach. It can be a colleague, a friend, or a person that you don’t even know.
Imagine that you have several options: to become a pianist and to become a dancer. You will then logically assume, you want to go and see someone else’s concert, want to hear them play. Or see them dance. Now put it in the context. You want to become an IT expert and IT is massive. When I was aiming for my degree, I had spoken to a dozen of IT guys doing all kinds of jobs from web developers, admin in internet cafes to tech support guys in local telecoms. And it helped. I knew what I wanted to avoid doing and I knew what was attractive in the IT field for me.
Now imagine, you are thinking about becoming a Project Manager. You have tried several operational roles like Business Analyst or a User Tester, you developed projects and you want something more. Do you know what to expect? What will your new set of responsibilities entail? What can you ask for as an additional benefit? Which soft skills you will need to enhance?
For this and for many other reasons, people may organise an Informational Interview. An informational interview is an opportunity to gather career and industry information from a professional by asking questions related to the aspects of the specific career or job and the professional’s experience. The Informational Interview help you to bridge the gap of unknown and get yourself ready for the move, for the new role, new field and new adventures. Wanna know how to invite someone for a 30 minute conversation that will give your career an immediate boost? Today I share with you an Informational Interview Guide. Feel free to send it to your friends and colleagues, and let’s stay in conversation 😉
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Nice one Bobro…Very useful and effective, the checklist was very informative as well.