Try Your Career On and See if it Fits
“Oh, yes, that career is you!” You’ll probably never hear these words about the profession you’ve set your sights on. But ‘trying on’ a career before pursuing it full bore definitely is a savvy move. This step gives you a sneak preview of your chosen profession. And it offers you a golden opportunity to decide if you really want to be what you think you want to be.
Now, you’ve probably guessed that you don’t just swagger into the career department of your local Macy’s, pluck a few fashionable professions off the rack, and see if they fit. So how do you try on a career? Simple. By conducting your own information interviews. During these face-to-face encounters, you’ll be asking the questions – and the seasoned professionals in your prospective field will be answering. The more interviews conducted, the clearer the picture you’ll have of your chosen career. Believe me, there’s nothing worse than stepping into a profession you loathe. Advance knowledge minimized the chances of this happening.
The idea of information interviews was explored at length in the thought-provoking book What Color is Your Parachute. As author Richard Bolles points out in this influential work, “Most people choose a career path without taking the time to speak with professionals in their field of interest. As a result, they find themselves in careers that are not a true match for their skills, values, interests, and abilities.” Too, too true.
I strongly recommend you immerse yourself in the wisdom of this book, and take the author’s advice to heart. An information interview is one of your best protections against stumbling into the wrong career.
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