Schedule and attend informational interviews.
Yes, it needed to be said. Scheduling the interview isn’t enough. You also need to show up for the interview to be effective.
Informational interviews are a meeting you schedule with someone who works in the field you are interested in. This can be a manager, supervisor, or employee. There are generally two occasions to schedule this type of interview (although anytime is a good time).
This first occasion is before applying to schools to gauge if the industry is a good fit for you.
The second is before graduating to ensure your education and experience match what is required for the job and what the employees is looking for. Informational interviews should be treated as a typical job interview.
Arrive early, dress professionally, and come prepares. This means, know who you are scheduled to meet with, have your questions ready, bring your cover letter, resume, and references. After all you never know when an informational interview could turn into an opportunity for a volunteer placement of even a job.
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