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Talk to college students, alumni, and professionals

You can learn a lot about day-to-day job tasks, job environments, and the personalities which fit best in a job by talking with fellow students, graduates, family members, and other career professionals. 

Informational Interviewing

Informational interviews are short information-gathering conversations with career professionals.  It's a wonderful way to quickly gain the real-world view about jobs and the people who do them.  These conversations can also sometimes lead to internships or jobs - just don't actually ask for a job or internship during your informational interview.  That's bad form!  Here are several sites available that will walk you through the informational interviewing process: 

Discover and build your network

Don't know who to interview?  Start with your network!  Many students think they have no network only to discover how connected they really are!  

  • Near home:
    • Family members
    • Friends' older siblings and parents
    • Your parents' friends
    • High school teachers and coaches
    • Community and religious leaders
    • Employment or volunteer supervisors
  • At Purdue:
    • College professors, instructors, and teaching assistants
    • Academic Advisors
    • Fraternity, sorority, club members, and faculty club advisors
    • Classmates
    • Purdue Alumni Association (join PASE as a student)
    • Exploratory Studies Ambassadors
  • World of work:

Engaging the world of work through social media

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