We want to be your partner in the job-search process. Whether you are meeting with an advisor or career ambassador, attending a career fair or searching our website, we want to make sure you have the most helpful resources during all stages of your search.
VCU Career Services advises international students to consult the Global Education Office before any job or internship search. At VCU, only Immigration Services and the Global Education Office can advise international students (F-1), visiting researchers and scholars (J-1) and specialized employees (H-1B and TN) on their employment options in the U.S. Connect with this office at global.vcu.edu/students/immigration.
An informational interview is a professional development tool you can use to learn more about a particular career. In this type of interview, you direct the questions to a person of your choice who is doing work in a field or industry that interests you.
Informational interviews allow you to learn from another person’s career path, discover how they gained experience in the field, and learn the strategies and advice they have for someone entering the field today.
Locating people to interview
Arranging the informational interview
Sample email or phone script for requesting an informational interview
Hello, Ms. Havoc,
I am Roberto Ram, a junior at VCU studying -------.
My career goal is to work as a ----------------- after graduation. I am learning from others as I prepare to enter the field. I am seeking to gain insight from your experience that may help me take advantage of opportunities with my coursework, internships and professional associations. Would you have 20-30 minutes to meet with me at your convenience? My best dates and times over the next weeks are:
Hello, Mr. Havoc,
I am Rita Ram, a junior at VCU studying ---------. I am exploring careers in --------- and gathering information on the industry and career paths from people currently working in the field. By talking with you about your career, I hope to further understand how others developed their talents, interests and skills. Would you have 20-30 minutes to meet with me at your convenience? My best dates and times over the next weeks are:
Questions about their career story
Questions about their preparation for their career path
Questions about their current work
Questions about their organization
Questions about the industry
Questions about the field’s professional identity
If you receive a contact or two, the person is opening up their professional network. Please respect and acknowledge that they trust you will be professional as you proceed with this network information. Secure the correct spelling of the contact(s), title, company and email.
Closing and follow-up
At the close of the interview, thank them for their time. Exchange business cards.
Also, send a thank you via email and in a personal handwritten note. In the thank you email, let them know you found their guidance very useful and that you will keep them informed as you contact others and progress through the informational interview process.
Information for individuals with specific questions regarding diversity employment, being out in the workplace, transitioning to the civilian job market, or career opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
LGBT CareerLink: Database of jobs at diversity-friendly companies with an emphasis on hiring LGBT and ally colleagues.
Individuals with disabilities
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Senior associate director, career advising and discovery
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Career advisor, exploration and transitions