A great way to learn about a specific career, and how well you might fit that career, is to interview someone currently in the field. This can help you get a realistic idea of what a job looks like and how much meaning and satisfaction you might experience in it, given your unique personality, interests, values, and skills. Experience tells us that most people within nearly any profession are eager to talk to someone about what they do for a living. Use your network of friends and family to identify a person in your field of interest and ask them if they could be interviewed. Below we list a number of potential questions that can be asked, but feel free to come up with your own as well:
- How did you get into your line of work?
- What does a typical work day look like for you?
- What are some things that are surprising about your job that people wouldn’t expect?
- What is the best/worst thing about your job?
- What are some of the biggest challenges you have faced in your job?
- What types of people are highly successful in your job?
- Is your job a calling? If so, tell me what you mean by that.
- What advice would you give to someone who wanted to do what you are doing?
The results of this interview can provide very valuable information about how well what you feel called to do fits with what this particular job is actually like in a the real world. After the interview, take some time to think about how well your calling matches with this job, and what might need to be changed or adapted from this job so that it is a better fir for you.