Step 3: Evaluation of Options

Pros and Cons
Having gathered information about various careers, you have probably found that some careers are now clearly more appealing than others. Review those that have risen to the top of your list. Verify that they fit well with your interests, skills, values, and personality preferences. Make a list of the pros and cons for each career. Comparing your choices in a visual way can help you in the decision-making process. You might also want to meet with a counselor to discuss your research, thoughts, and options. RPCC students are welcome to call (225) 675-8270 to schedule an appointment with a counselor.

Informational Interviews
At this point, you will have likely narrowed your choices significantly. So with a list of your top few choices in hand, you can now start planning informational interviews. What exactly is an informational interview, you ask? It is an interview during which you gather information about a career in which you're interested, and the person being interviewed is someone who already works in this career field. Simply put, this interview is your opportunity to find out what a career is really like by talking to someone with firsthand knowledge of the field. What types of questions might you ask? Below is a short list.

For a comprehensive, online tutorial on informational interviews, visit the site below. Topics covered include questions to ask, how to schedule an informational interview, what to wear, writing a thank-you note, etc.

After completing your interviews, there are two things you'll need to do:

1. Send thank-you letters to the individuals whom you interviewed!!!
2. Add what you've learned from your interviews to your pros and cons list.

Make an Initial Decision
Using all of the information that you've gathered about yourself and the world of work, it is now time for you to make an initial career choice. If you still feel ill-at-ease with this decision, don't worry. The next step, "career sampling," is your opportunity to test your choice. Click here to find out more.