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What is it?
An informational interview is an informal conversation with someone working in an area of interest to you who will give you information and advice. It is an effective research tool in addition to using the Internet and examining job descriptions. It is not a job interview, and the aim is not to find job openings. The aim is to obtain information and to expand your network of professional contacts.You may feel awkward making arrangements to talk with people you don't know about their work. However, most people actually enjoy taking a few moments out of their day to reflect on their professional life and to give advice to someone with an interest in their career area.
Why do it?
Often the most current information about a career area comes from people who are actually working in that career field.
Later in the Career Planning Steps we look at making decisions. You make the best decisions when you have as much information as possible.
Informational Interviews are a means of gathering information about various career areas by speaking to professionals working in these areas.
Read our Informational Interview Tips and
Information Interview -Questions
Employers generally want students with a good degree, who have participated fully in University life, have work experience and have reflected upon and can articulate their achievements.
Whatever sector or career path you decide to follow, whether a graduate scheme or direct entry position, almost all employers will be looking for evidence of core skills and competencies. Skills employers want include: Communication, Initiative, Teamwork, Leadership, Negotiation, Time Management, Organisation, Problem Solving, Customer Service, Commercial Awareness.
It is important to be able to recognise the skills you are developing in any given situation, whether that's work experience, volunteering or part-time, casual work.
What are graduate attributes?
There is a lot of emphasis placed on transferable skills and you willl need to demonstrate a high level of competency in these core areas if you want to succeed in the job market, but today's graduate employers are looking for something else as well - graduate attributes. Graduate attributes represent the package of skills, qualities and understanding that you will need to impress potential employers. You will be expected to demonstrate
- self-confidence, maturity and resilience
- a willingness to fit in and co-operate
- business etiquette and professionalism
- intellectual curiosity
- reflective approach to work and experiences
- management of self and career
Work shadowing is accompanying someone at work, observing and noting what there role is and what they do. This gives an insight into the day to day workings of a job. Work experience can be through obtained through casual, part-time work or through volunteering. Spending time in a particular job/organisation will show your interest in the area and will highlight your enthusiasm and ability to be proactive in seeking out information in researching your career possibilities. Opportunities for work shadowing may come from your Informational Interviewing and Networking- keep in touch with your contacts and enquire about the possibility of work shadowing. See Get Experience for more detailed information on work experience.
The labour market is a term used to describe the relationship between the workplace (available employment) and the workforce (people, aged 16 and over, who are working or are available to work). A labour market is said to be healthy if there is enough work available for all those who seek it. Most countries in the world have some difficulty achieving or maintaining a healthy labour market. In Ireland, as in other countries,
the health of our labour market changes over time. (Source www.careersportal.ie )
General Information on Irish economy and employment trends
- IBEC – Irish Business and Employers Confederation
- IDA – Industrial Development Agency (Ireland)
- ESRI - Economic & Social Research Institute
- CSO - Central Statistics Office
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