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Career Homework: Interviewing Someone In Your Career Interest Area

Brief Description/Purpose

Best used in longer courses for career changers and job seekers to help them learn more about some careers they might find interesting. Should be done outside of class time, and debriefed in class, although it can be used during class time if there are enough resources - phones, email access, internet access.



Age Appropriate

Teens, Adults

Ideal Group Size

Any size since it's done individually

Time For Exercise

30 minutes for in class explanation and debrief after homework is done.


Learning about careers.

Detailed Instructions If Needed

Introduce by stressing the importance of having realistic expectations about a career path.

Indicate that each person should, over the next day or days, identify some contacts within a specific career to contact, and ask questions of to learn more about the reality of the job.

Here are some sample questions.

  • 1. How long have you worked in this occupation?
  • 2. What other types of jobs did you have before?
  • 3. In this job, do you mainly work with people, data, things or ideas?
  • 4. What do you like most about your job?
  • 5. What are the most frequently recurring problems on your job?
  • 6. How did you get started in this line of work?
  • 7. What type of training is needed for this occupation today?
  • 8. What type of technology do you use? (computer hardware, software, etc.)
  • 9. What changes have you seen in the past few years that affect this career path? 10.What personal qualities do you feel are needed to succeed in this career path?

Additional Information if Available

Debrief after they have completed the assignment, but if some haven't be gentle, and ask them to do it anyway since it's important.

Some Debrief Questions:

Did anything surprise you in the responses?

Has your thinking changed about wanting to be in this occupation?

What is the most important advice you got?