Have you been in a job interview?
It’s terrifying, isn’t it? I’ve always told the youth I coach on job interviews that it’s OK to be nervous. You are, quite literally, going into a room full of people whose job it is to judge you.
But what if you got to be in the other seat? Put the interviewing shoe on the other foot, so to speak.
Informational interviews are an incredible source of information, and not nearly enough people do them. The idea is that instead of being interviewed by an employer, a job-seeker interviews someone about their career. There are some especially amazing benefits to them when you’re young. First off, they’re much less formal than job interviews. Second, you can get some amazing insider info on how people get into careers that sound interesting to you. You may find out something that makes you so excited to pursue that career you can hardly wait to start.
Or, you may find out something that makes you want to run as far away as possible.
Either way, the earlier you get the information, the easier it will be for you to incorporate it into your own decision-making.