It’s always challenging for people to transition from academic study to professional life, but a global pandemic and unstable economy is an especially tough time to be a new graduate. One of the hardest parts about entering the workforce is figuring out what jobs you’re actually qualified for with your degree and experience. That’s where networking and informational interviews come in.
You can read more general advice about informational interviews here, but the following five questions are great ones for new grads to ask when networking :
When you’re first entering the workforce, you want to uncover as much as possible about what you don’t know. These questions will help you learn about career options you don’t know existed for you and make smart decisions based on your professional goals.
Of course, being helpful to people who are sharing their time and advice is the right thing to do, and it also helps you cement that professional relationship. It will give you a reason to follow up with your contact in the future without being a nag, and you might even be able to recommend them for an opportunity.
This article or portions of this article was written by Karissa Justice and originally appeared on Work Can Be Better.