What is Informational Interviewing?
Informational interviewing is speaking with professionals, who are currently working in a career, industry or environment that interests you. It's simply a means of having a conversation to determine if that career would be a good match based on your values, skills, interests and abilities. Generally, informational interviewing is a good option for students who are exploring majors and career paths, new graduates seeking information about specific careers or career changers.
What is Networking?
Networking is a way in which professionals share information with others, usually within a similar occupation. It may be done through informal channels such as speaking with friends or neighbors, through professional associations or social networking websites. Networking is a way to find out about trends in the field, "best practices" or to discover possible employment opportunities. Generally, networking is conducted with people already working in a given career field, but is is also useful for new graduates and people changing careers. Networking is usually the common phrase for all aspects of connecting with others about career-related issues.
The Benefits of Informational Interviewing / Networking
Tips for Networking Success
Remember -- informational interviewing and networking is the best way to find out about careers or how to obtain a job. You want to make a favorable, positive impression!