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Informational interviewing: Get the inside scoop on careers



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Find out if that career you’ve been eyeing is really the one for you.


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Want to know what a career is really like? Ask someone with first-hand experience.

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 between occupations or to find a way to convert their interests to a paying job.

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U.S. Department of Labor
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Last Updated: September 29, 2010