Friday, August 26, 2005
Informational Interviews at your fingertips
How do you find out—before you get there—what your dream job is really like?
I’ve met with a number of people who never did check things out ahead to time and, low and behold, 15 years later and they hate (should be a capital H there) what they’re doing. Worse yet, might be making a lot of money doing it, thus exacerbating the stuck feeling. A few lawyers I met with years ago always come to mind.
Anyway, one low risk way to get the facts is to do informational interviews, i.e. line up what amounts to advice time with a professional and get them to basically tell their story.
Sound too daunting? Well, jump to http://www.roadtripnation.com and click on Interviews for real life tips from people in a variety of fields.
I did just that today. Starting with Education, I chose Kat Cohen, whose bio certainly tracks an unconventional path.
Excerpt from her advice summary:
“You’ve got to listen to your inner voice. What do you like to do? What do you really get excited about? Think about those things and everything you do in life should revolve around those things.??”
(Editorial comment: I would echo that, with another take on the inner voice thing. For believers, it’s the Holy Spirit’s whisper. A nudge in the direction you were created for.)
So, spend some time with an interesting group of virtual mentors to break the ice on the ones awaiting you in the real world.