Last weeek, College Seniors, we discussed that the time for your career is now! You need to develop and hone your pitch and start talking – and listening – to others about your career.
While it really is that easy to get started, it is also a little daunting figuring out your best path to your career and going about finding the people who you think can have a great impact on your career.
That’s why Step 2 is easier – and makes things a little less formal.
While it may seem counterintuitive that you should relax with a beverage of your choosing (I suggested a couple, but you probably know of a few more…), that is exactly what you should do next to take charge of your career and maximize your results.
No, I’m not suggesting that you go and have a coffee to think about your career. Thinking is good, but you need to interact. The point is this – you need to set some informational interviews.
Informational interviews are short meetings (to respect the time of the person you are interviewing) where you gather information about successes and suggestions on paths you may consider when making your own career plans. That’s it – plain and simple.
Look at your pitch and identify your goals. Now make a list of 3-5 people that accel in the field that are in your immediate circle of influence and who you admire and invite them to coffee. You want to be an engineer? Great! Who in your circle may be a good person to invite for a 15-20 minute meeting to learn more about how they are successful? A professor? A top classmate? The guy you met at the career fair who told you about future opportunities? Your local IEEE membership?
I love this brief informational interview article over at the New York Times on informational interviewing. For a more in-depth look, go over to the Quint Careers site as they pretty much lay it out from start to finish.
This is probably one of the easiest things you can do to begin to identify some of the ways that you can be successful in your career. Take the stories of others and identify what works for them. Think about what you’d like to incorporate for you. And then go and do that.
Step 3 of the 5 things you can do in 5 hours for your career right now is coming soon… make sure you are ready!