02 Informational Interview
An informational interview is a friendly conversation on the phone or over a coffee where you ask a professional about his or her career experiences. It allows you to learn about job roles and industries that interest you. For example, you can ask about the day to day work involved in the role, the personality and skills needed to succeed in the role, hiring trends, etc. The more you learn about different jobs, the easier it will be to identify the right path for you.
Often working professional will oblige when students approach them for informational interviews as they see it as a way to do some good.
Do not go into the informational interview with the intention of getting a job. It is a discussion to learn from the professional. If he or she is impressed by you, he or she will consider you when an appropriate opening comes up.