This week, my posts have been all about some of the final steps in landing and accepting a new job. Let’s say you’re one of those lucky ducks and you have accepted a new job. One of the things I see fellow academics lean head first into right after that is trying to learn all. of. the. things. about the new job. That’s only natural. You’re excited about the new job and highly motivated to learn what you need to know. And if you’re here, you’re probably an academic. Academics are, by nature, curious creatures, and our quest for knowledge never ends. But you probably need to remember a couple of things here.
Yesterday, I posted about something you can and should do when exploring a new career: an informational interview. But that post only covered how to schedule the interview. You still need to know what to ask during an informational interview. So let’s get started. Why do an Informational Interview? This is a low-stakes way for you to meet someone in a different career, explore how they got into that work, and get a snapshot of a typical workday. In other words, the point of an informational interview is to give you more data points on whether it might be a career that suits you and warrants more exploration.
It’s Monday, so I’m guessing you’re as braindead as I am. But when you’re job hunting or career planning, you still need to be working on your career, even when you don’t feel like it. So it’s a good day to take on something easy, like brainstorming. Brainstorming is a good way to make use of your time on days when you’re feeling sluggish or caffeine-dependent. Like, say, Mondays. How Brainstorming Can Benefit Your Career Career brainstorming can help you no matter what career stage you’re in. When you’re looking for your first job or considering a career change, brainstorming can uncover new job families to explore. And when you’re in a career but feeling stuck at your current level, it can help you find professional development options you might need to consider in order to advance. Or when you’ve found a job you’d like to apply for, it can help you figure out how to identify and describe your transferable skills on your resume. Let’s take a look at some of my favorite career brainstorming tools.