One way to begin building your network is by conducting informational interviews (career conversations). Informational interviews are brief meetings with people who are established in a particular career field. The interviews are a learning opportunity for you to ask their perspective on their job, the company, the future of the field, and how they grew to where they are today. This interview can be conducted either in person, online, or by phone. In either case, ask the individual you are contacting if you may visit with them for a specific period for an informational interview.
Note that you are not asking for a job interview nor are you asking for a job in the future. The objective is to obtain information that may be useful for you in making decisions involved in your career planning and in the job search process. People are usually very open to speaking with students who are approaching the job market and are eager to pass on advice. Don’t be shy about reaching out, but keep in mind a few general rules: