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 allow you to 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 give you the chance to see what a typical day on the job is like. You can do a job shadow at any point in your career.
Job shadows allow you to:
- Spend a half-day or full-day “on the job”
- Make connections with employees
- Ask any questions about the career or job
- 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 to ask if you could find a time to talk about their work or shadow them for a day.
Follow these easy steps to set up an interview or job shadow with someone you don’t know. You can also 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.
There are 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.
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.
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.
- Last from a few weeks to a year
- Be part-time or full-time
- Range from 10-20 hours a week
- Be paid, unpaid, or college credit bearing
Returnships connect employers with people who 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.
- Last approximately three weeks
- Offer participants a stipend
- Have the potential to lead to a permanent job
- 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.
Service learning is the concept of learning a new skill while doing something that helps others or the environment. It is a great way to explore careers and build your skills. The Serve Learn Earn initiative provides paid service and learning opportunities for Vermonters fourteen years and older. Many programs take place during the summer—the perfect time to try out a career.
Serve Learn Earn is a workforce development collaborative creating pathways to high-quality jobs and affordable education. It is a partnership between ReSOURCE, Vermont Works for Women, Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, and Audubon Vermont. Check out each organization’s website to learn more and get involved.
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.