Networking, Informational Interviews & Volunteering

Expanding Your Career Exploration

Once you've found a career path or paths that you're interested in pursuing following your graduate program it can be very helpful to connect with professionals working in the field to learn more about the nature of organizations and positions you are interested in and how to build your skills and applications documents to be a competitive applicant.

You've identified a career path or paths you're interested in - now how do you learn more?

Looking and applying for careers can be overwhelming. If you're applying for a position, applications often require a number of documents and interviews can often be multi-stage or multi-day and intimidating. 

Searching for open positions can feel daunting because you might not know where to look for these jobs, what to look for, or how to interpret the industry specific terms in the job listing. But fear not! There are many ways to learn more about these career paths and in the process you will make connections and build relationships that will help you transition into your career once you graduate.

Networking, informational interviews, volunteering or completing an internship are very powerful tools to have in your career exploration toolbox and even into your first, second, or third position following graduate school. Learn more below on how to build your professional network, find professionals to contact for informational interviews, questions to ask, and how to learn about volunteer and internships while you're finishing your program.