See If A Job Fits

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There are a few different ways to see if a job is a good fit for you. Try out a job before making any big decisions. 

Informational Interviews and Job Shadows

Informational Interviews

Informational interviews allow youto ask a real person questions about their job. They are a great way to learn more about an industry, someone’s day-to-day life on the job, and the education and training that got them the job. These interviews can take as little time as 30 minutes and can be done over the phone, a video call, or in person.

Job Shadows

Job shadows give you the chance to see what a typical day on the job is like in a job you are interested in. You can do a job shadow at any point in your career. 

Job shadows allow you to:

  1. Spend a half-day or full-day “on the job”
  2. Make connections with employees
  3. Ask any questions about the career or job
  4. Better understand a profession for free

How to Set Up An Informational Interview or Job Shadow

Is there someone in your life whose job is interesting to you? If so, reach out to them ask if you could find a time to ask them more about their work or shadow them for a day at their job.

Follow these easy steps to set up an interview or job shadow with someone you don’t know. You can always practice your questions with a friend or family member before reaching out.

Figure out which career path you want to explore. Pick out an organization or business in that field that you want to learn more about.

  • More Help from UVM’s Career Center

    There is an endless number of questions you can ask someone about their job. When you have limited time, it is important to find the right questions. This depends on what type of information you’re looking for and what you care most about in your job.

  • More Help from VSAC

    The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation has put together more information on why informational interviews (and job shadows) are helpful, how you should conduct yourself during one, and the best ways to follow up.

Internships

An internship helps you explore a career that you are interested in while getting real work experience. Internships give you a chance to work in a short-term, entry-level job in a certain industry. They also allow you to use your own skills and knowledge on the job. Internships can provide you with references to help you land your next job, as well as new connections that can help you advance your career.

Internships can:

  1. Last from a few weeks to a year
  2. Be part-time or full-time
  3. Range from 10-20 hours a week
  4. Be paid, unpaid, or college credit bearing

Find An Internship with the Vermont Intern Program

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) runs the Vermont Intern Program. They are here to support you in your search! Check out these three resources below to help you take your next step.

  • Available Internships in Vermont

    This is an up-to-date list of internships posted through the Vermont Internship Program.

  • How to Apply

    Use this step-by-step guide to help you successfully apply to an internship.

  • Intern Toolbox

    This collection of FAQs, cover letter and resume tips, and search assistance will come in handy.

Returnships

Returnships connect employers with people who have have been working for many years and are looking for new opportunities. A returnship is a great option if you are an adult who was working, took a break from your career, and are looking to get back into the workforce. Returnships are also valuable for people who are currently working but want to change careers. A returnship is like a test run for adults that can lead to a permanent position.

Returnships usually:

  1. Last approximately three weeks
  2. Offer participants a stipend
  3. Have the potential to lead to a permanent job
  4. Provide career counseling support

Learn More or Apply to the Vermont Returnship Program

Get familiar with the Vermont Returnship Program. You will be contacted after you apply to the program. They will help you find a good employer to match with based on your experience and goals.

Entry Level Positions

Entry-level positions are a great way to get started on a career path. Most entry positions do not require you to have previous experience in that industry. You will need to work hard and be a team player. An entry-level job is a great way to test out a career path, learn new and valuable skills, and make connections. Plus, you’ll be earning money. The experience you gain in an entry-level position can help you get a more advanced job later. Some employers will even help pay for your education and training to help you grow within the organization.

Try an Entry Level Position

Visit one of our job boards to see what entry level jobs are available across the state.