I’ve done two other informational interviews since the other two. One did not involve the phone and was in-person with my teacher who is also a career counselor, but that was a great experience as well. I had a wonderful time speaking with her and her assistant and we connected really well. We talked a full half hour and could have easily gone longer if she hadn’t gotten a knock on her door from someone waiting for a counseling appointment with her. There were a lot of laughs and smiles and I felt a lot closer to her and her assistant after the interview. And for the first time career counseling or counseling in general sparked an interest in me. I’d never given it too much thought before and just kind of dismissed it but after talking with them it’s something I would consider now.
The other interview I did was with my close blogging friend Barb who I met through this project. She’s a psychologist and has written several self-help books so I was interested in learning more about her career path. I was a little nervous to call her because we had only emailed in the past, but it went great and was just like talking to her through email. I felt like we had spoken before on the phone and like she was a family member or something. So it was nice that we were so comfortable talking on the phone. What she said about making a difference in some of her clients’ lives and being later told by them, “this was all possible because of you” really touched me and I thought that was awesome.
Both interviews went really well and I enjoyed talking with each of them about their career journeys. Doing these interviews has been pretty exciting for me and I feel like I’m on a high after each one, much like how I would feel after I struck up conversations with strangers in previous months. I’m getting a lot out of these interviews and have enjoyed learning more about various careers and connecting with the people who work in these fields.