A Mentor Can Help You Understand A Career Field
You have pulled together information about careers in which you have an interest. At least you have gathered some data from one source type. That type is the job posting.
It is beneficial to add more information from other sources. Remember that it is difficult to do all of this by yourself. You need others, specifically others that work in the desired career field. You may have friends or family that work directly in that career. Or they may know others that do. Give them a call, text or email to give you their views on their career field. Most people would jump at the chance to do so.
Here are a few suggested questions for you. You could ask when you tell them you want to find out what that career field is really like:
- What is a typical day?
- What is a non-typical day?
- What skills do you frequently use?
- What skills are extremely helpful but are not called upon frequently?
- What frustrations do you encounter?
- Why do people fail in this field?
- What have you learned are the secrets to success?
- Ask if you can hang out with them for a half day.
If you cannot locate the career field you want from those sources, then
there is another approach. The same approach would work if you want to
keep your search private.