Benefits of Informational Interviews and Job Shadowing
Informational interviews and job shadowing offer a way to explore a career field in thirty minutes or less. Although an informational interview or job shadow won’t immediately result in a job, it’s a great way to get you noticed for a future position. If you make a good impression on a human resources staffer during an informational interview, you’ll likely be kept in mind as a candidate when a job does open up. Some key benefits of informational interviews and job shadows are:
Learning. If you want to ﬁnd out what a speciﬁc career path has to oﬀer, what the positives and negatives are within an organization’s culture, or which academic major will best prepare you for a selected career path, why not ask the people who are already working within that ﬁeld?
Building Relationships. In a recent national survey, 70% of respondents reported they got their present position because of a personal contact. The earlier you start building relationships with people in your ﬁeld of interest, the stronger they will be when you actually begin your job hunt later on.
Linking. See how your skill development, courses, and academic planning can connect to your future success on the job.