1. Research Career Fields and Occupations

  • Identify a field interests you
  • Conduct research to narrow down your options
  • Review info on web-based resources

2. Identify Companies and organizations

  • Research companies and organizations related to your targeted field, to gain a sense of how you can apply your knowledge and skill-set

3. Identify People

  • Identify professionals in your field: professors, friends, family or people from organizations you’ve researched
  • Use social media tools like LinkedIn to follow companies and people working your targeted field

4. Conduct Informational interviews

  • Meet with individuals who do jobs you are interested in
  • Contact may be in person, by phone or online
  • You are not asking for a job, but asking about information about working in the field

5. Follow up and maintenance Identify a field interests you

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