Jul 31, 2019


Interviewing for industry information

When approaching a person or organisation for career advice, it’s important to initially make it clear that you are not asking for a job or work experience. You need to explain that you are wanting some insider information and tips about the field of work that you are interested in.

Some tips for ‘How do I get started’ from TAFE SA Student Success and Wellbeing.

  • Make contact with an organisation and introduce yourself by explaining that you are wanting to learn more about their organisation or field of work. 
  • Once you have arranged a time to meet, think about the type of information you want to gather, and be prepared with a list of questions you want to ask. 
  • Be genuine and curious about the person you are interviewing and be ready to explore their experience and knowledge. 

This may include:

The person’s background and experience - what course they studied, how long they have been in the role, what their job involves, what are the good and bad aspects to the job.

The industry they are working in - required skills and education, how to find jobs in the industry, new developments or technology changes in the future, what professional associations or groups are there, is there a high demand for jobs.

Career opportunities - what kind of career progress is there, what further study would be suitable, what type of entry level jobs are there, how are jobs advertised or filled, what different career paths are there, what organisations employ people with your qualification/skills.

What experience is needed to work in the job - what skills are important to have or improve, what work experience or volunteer opportunities are there, what network opportunities can they recommend, what other courses would be useful.

Follow up with a thank you - after you have met with people for an interview, be sure to follow up with a thank you. Contact the people you met and thank them for their time. Let them know you appreciate the insights they shared with you. 

More information

Student Success and Wellbeing staff provide career information, guidance and education through self-help and online tools, as well as face-to-face and telephone support, available between 8.30am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Phone 1800 882 661 or visit your local campus to make an appointment.

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