The first step in the career planning process is to figure out who you are and what types of work are a good fit for you.
The next steps are to explore career options and research occupations.
Part of career planning should involve assessing your financial needs for the future and determining which career would allow you to live the lifestyle you want to live. That way, you will strike a balance between doing work you enjoy and making enough money to enjoy life, outside of work.
The purpose of Informational Interviews is to learn about occupations you are interested in from professionals working in those jobs. An informational interview is not a job interview, but it is a way to get the inside scoop. In the process, you’ll also be developing a network that may very well lead to a job in the future.