Networking and informational interviewing involve having a “career conversation” with someone for the purpose of exploring careers or job searching. These conversations are about building authentic relationships with people who can give you information and advice, not job interviews. Networking serves a number of purposes:

  • Help decide if a career field is a good fit for your interests, skills, and personality.
  • Gain insight into an organization’s culture.
  • Understand which major best prepares you for a certain career path.
  • Discover industry trends to follow or professionals you can contact in the future.
  • Seek input on your Capstone or research projects.
  • Obtain valuable feedback concerning your CV content, structure, and job search strategy.

How to Develop Contacts

Who How
Family, friends, university staff, and professors
You’ll be amazed how many contacts you can make through existing relationships. Although you might not have a relationship with someone in a particular field, you may know someone who does.
Social networks
Are you on LinkedIn? Facebook? Twitter? WeChat? Tap into alumni networks, professional organizations, as well as existing connections by reaching out to them for the information you’re seeking.
Employer sessions and opportunities fairs
These events can be very useful even if you aren’t looking for an internship or job. You can meet the types of people you want to know.
Campus or community events
The NYUAD Institute, academic departments, and professional organizations in Abu Dhabi are regularly hosting events that you can join to meet people.

How to Ask for a One on One Conversation

You will need to introduce yourself, establish why you’re writing, and make your request in a personal, concise, and clear way. People usually are very willing to help and lend advice, but they need to understand who you are and what you want. See examples below.

Maximizing the Experience