Informational Interviews

Purpose

To excite students around differing educational and career pathways toward careers they could be passionate about!

Who are the students?

We are currently promoting this opportunity to Franklin High School students who live in SE Portland, but it is open to all youth. Many of them represent communities from all over the world, speak different languages, celebrate a smattering of holidays, and are curious about the future. A majority of students want to travel, help their communities, and become “successful” to help their families.

How should you prepare?

If you’re invited to join us for an Informational Interview, please review the questions below with the expectation that not all may be asked. You may be asked to sit on a panel relating to your specific job industry in order to bring about more diversity of answers. In addition, students will have the opportunity to ask their own questions after about 30 min. You are welcome to prepare a 5-10 presentation if you’d like, but it is not required. Your interview will be recorded and posted to our YouTube channel so that students who are unable to join have the chance to learn from you later.

  • Introduction – Please tell us who you are, your pronouns, your educational background & your current work related position.
  • Can you walk us through your educational path post high school?
    • For those that attended college, how did you decide on a major?
      • Were you involved with any extracurricular activities on campus while at college?
  • What’s something you wish you knew when trying to figure out what was next for you after high school?
  • Describe your current work position.
    • How did you find your current work position (what job searching avenues did you use)?
  • Can you walk us through your career path which led you to your current position?
  • What are the components of your job? What does a “normal” day look like for you?
  • Why did you apply for your current position?
  • What makes you passionate about the work that you do?
  • What challenges have you encountered on your work & educational journey so far and what steps have you taken to overcome them?
  • Where do you want to be in 5 years professionally? And what steps are you taking to move you toward that goal?
  • What are your future professional or educational goals/dreams?
  • What’s on your resume and why?