No matter what year you’re in college, it’s important early on to start thinking about your career options. One way to get started is to set up informational meetings with professionals in the field.
You can ask your professor(s), alumni, friends, family members, the career center, etc to introduce you to people in the field. The key is to be prepared for each individual meeting you set up.
Listed below are a handful of good questions to ask:
How did you get started in your career?
What skills are necessary in this position/career?
What’s a typical day like?
What do you like about your current position?
What are some of the challenges?
If you did it all over again what would you do differently?
Any advice you would give to your younger self?
What else can I do to learn about this industry?
Do you have anyone you could refer me to?
Are there any opportunities at your organization?
After you have a few meetings under your belt, hopefully you will start to see career patterns you would be interested in pursuing.