Career Corner

Question of the week

Q: “I’ve heard of informational interviews, but don’t know a lot about what they are. Why are they important in career searching?”

“What Can I Do With These Major?” on the CED website

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“Each web page takes your search a step further by informing you of potential employers you can work for in these possible careers.”

Lauren Simon, Career Content Contributor

By Lauren Simon

Thinking about how your major can apply to a certain career? There’s a resource promoted by Stockton Career Education and Development called “What Can I Do With This Major?” that you may find helpful during your search. The website provides several umbrella categories under which numerous majors fall under. As you click through each major, you are provided with different careers or fields you can pursue using the skills and educational background of a given major.

Each web page takes your search a step further by informing you of potential employers you can work for in these possible careers. For example, if you major in advertising, the website lists settings such as digital or interactive agencies or consulting firms as potential employers. “What Can I Do With This Major?” even suggests strategies for pursuing your career goals. Suggestions, such as skills you should hone during your college journey or professional development you should seek after you graduate, are all provided for each major. You never know what inspiration you may find in your search!

Answer

According to Career Education and Development, informational interviews are a chance for you to learn more about a career from a professional in the career you’re interested in. These types of interviews are different from traditional job interviews because you are reaching out to this individual, and you aren’t seeking a job from the interview. Taking time to interview a person working in your career of interest can be important in not only learning about the “day in the life” of a career, but can inspire ideas for careers you haven’t considered before or expand your perspective on specialties you may want to pursue in a given field. These are also prime networking opportunities; your interviewee may provide you with new connections in the future!