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wise wanderings

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Kelli Sholer

on 15 February 2017

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wise wanderings
Think more about each theme and what it means in your life? Which 2 or 3 themes would you rank as most important? What insights have you gained about yourself? Do any new possibilities open up for you that you can apply in your career exploration?
Now review your map and start looking for connections. What key themes or categories emerge from the items on your map? Ask someone else to look at your map and point out themes as well.
Draw lines connecting these items using a different color marker for each theme and then make a list of the key themes/categories (at least 5, if possible) on the back of your Map.

Are there surprises in your categories? Any you would have expected? Anything significant or especially interesting to you?

*on a scale of 1-10 (1 being most important) which theme would you rank as the most important?
*if you knew you couldn't fail, which one of these themes would you keep pursuing?
*What two or three themes are you most proud of and what skills did you use to accomplish them? Can you think of ways to use those skills moving forward?
Think about significant events, people, classes, awards, activities, hobbies, and proud life moments
(from childhood to now)
WHAT ARE Informational interviews?
* one of the most helpful career exploration tools

- according to Quint Careers, 1 in 12 informational interviews leads to a job or internship opportunity, even though this isn't even the main purpose!

*20-30 minute conversations where you ask questions about a person's experiences, career field, and their own path to that position
*most contacts will be happy to help--they get to talk about themselves!
*use your status as a student to your advantage
this guy coined the term!
What You Gain....

* authentic insights about a career field that go beyond the limitations of job titles, allowing you to see not only what skills are required for the job but how you might fit into that work setting

* the opportunity to make personal contacts at a specific company

* insight into the hidden job market (employment opportunities that are not advertised)

*accessing up to date, first-hand career information that allows you to learn what happens on the job beyond what you can find doing research online

*confidence in talking with people while learning what you need to know--it provides an opportunity to meet with potential employers before the more stressful (for both parties) job interview

*exposure to a variety of jobs and organizational cultures, providing further clues as to what will be a "good fit" for you

*expanding your professional network!

"Trying on jobs to see if they fit!"
-Richard Bolles
IDENTIFY Potential interviewees
Signed, sealed, delivered....
the steps to making the interview yours!
Dear ________,

First Paragraph: Introduce yourself. Give a quick summary of your education and experience and why you are interested in this field or organization. No experience in the field so far? Highlight your enthusiasm.

Second Paragraph: Be straightforward and ask for a meeting. Example: "If possible, I would appreciate an opportunity to visit with you for 20-30 minutes to hear about your pathway into your current position, and hopefully get some insight and suggestions on where my skills and abilities would be of the greatest value to the ________ field."

Third Paragraph: Describe the action you will take: "I look forward to contacting you early next week to set up a meeting at your convenience. Thank you for your consideration". (do NOT expect them to contact you back first!)

Does not see your request as a priority. Suggest several meeting dates in the future. Suggest meeting for coffee or during lunch. Clarify that you will respect their time and only need 20 minutes.

Concerned that you are requesting help in finding a job. Say you are simply exploring career options and want their personal perspective on the field or their occupation.

"policy does not allow me to discuss inside information with people”

State that you respect their privacy and you are not seeking any insider information. Rather, you are looking to discuss the general profile of the career field or industry.

What If They Say "No"?
Email me for a template!
Family, friends, acquaintances, service providers, religious ties, neighbors

Colleagues, employees in other organizations, internship supervisors

Professors, alumni, TAs, other students, department advisors

Fraternity, campus club, service groups, professional organizations

Happenstance Acquaintances:
People you meet in your day-to-day life

Research organizations and people in job titles you are interested in--no one, even the CEO, is off limits! (remember, people generally like to help curious college students)
-Do some research beforehand about the career field or organization (this is not optional, it is
for an effective informational interview!)

-Wear business casual attire (even though this isn't a formal interview)

-Have a list of questions ready and bring a small notebook/pen (or ask permission to record on your smart phone/tablet)

-Show that you are
(contribute to the conversation, but do not dominate)

-Be mindful of the time frame unless they say it is fine to go longer

-Have your resume ready (in case they ask for it), but DO. NOT. ASK. FOR. A. JOB.

-Inquire about additional people you could contact

-Follow up the next day with a thank you letter (or at least an email)

Career Path Questions
How did you first get involved in this work?
Knowing what you know now, how would you have approached this career differently?
What jobs and experiences led you to this position?
How does a person progress in your field?

Career Perception Questions
What do you like most about your position/company? What do you like the least?
What is your typical day like?
What attributes or values do you view as most important in this work?
What have you been most surprised by about your position?
Email me for a link to more sample questions!
Now use words/short phrases or images to capture these thoughts. If you cut out images from magazines, try to put a word that describes the image next to it. Draw a circle or rectangle around each word/phrase or image.

Don't be concerned about organizing these in any order, just jot them down as they come to mind---embrace the chaos!
Objects you use and/or enjoy
(Computers/electronics, Musical instruments, Favorite books, Cherished gifts, Art supplies, etc.)

Events in your life, positive or negative, lasting a moment in time or for years
(Working in a fast food restaurant or law firm, Helping your neighbors move in, Taking a fantastic class, Tutoring a child, Baking cookies for the holidays, Designing a website, Acting in a school play, Parents' divorce)

People who have affected you in a significant way
(Parents, Relatives, Mentor, Favorite teacher, Challenging teacher, Coach, Scout leader, Minister

Your Major/Minor:
What are the most important aspects of your major? What skills have you learned? What courses have you most enjoyed? Theories or ideas you find most interesting?

Other Ideas:
Academic major/minor, Achievements, Adventures/risks, Classes, Creative works, College Experiences, Elementary or junior high school experiences, Favorite TV shows/movies, Family heritage/culture, Favorite memories, Favorite quotes or song lyrics, Hobbies, Internships, Jobs, Pets, Places you’ve lived or traveled, Sports and games, Vacations, Volunteer activities

Informational Interview Assignment,
Conduct one informational interview with someone (cannot be a relative) in a field or organization you are interested in. Think about how you may want to use this interview as part of your Career Discovery website project (taking video, etc.)
Attach a picture of the business card of the person you interviewed and include at the end of your paper.
Submit a 2-3 page summary including why you selected the professional you did, what you learned about the career field, and how this information will apply to your further exploration of this field/occupation.
Questions to Ponder
Brainstorm new ways or viewing and understanding your past

identify previously hidden themes and threads in your life - connecting the dots
make meaningful order of the chaos
create a powerful vision for your future
"a network of possible wanderings"
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