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ERIC Number: EJ887930
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0199-4786
Informational Interviewing: Get the Inside Scoop on Careers
Crosby, Olivia
Occupational Outlook Quarterly, v54 n2 p22-29 Sum 2010
Many people wonder anxiously about which type of job they'll like or how they can break into the career of their dreams. Surprisingly, very few people ever take advantage of one of the best ways to answer their questions about careers: asking the workers already in them. Talking to people about their jobs and asking them for advice is called informational interviewing, a term coined by career counselor and author Richard Bolles. And the technique usually works very well for people exploring careers. Stories abound of students who used informational interviewing to decide among occupations or to find a way to convert their interests to a paying job. Informational interviewing can be as simple as striking up conversations with friends or others about their occupations. But taking full advantage of this career exploration tool requires a more methodical approach. This article discusses the purpose of informational interviewing; whom to interview; how to set up, prepare for, and conduct an interview; and what to do afterward. ["Informational Interviewing: Get the Inside Scoop on Careers" was updated by Tamara Dillon.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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