Exploring Your Options: A Primer on Informational Interviews

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Recently, I decided to conduct an informational interview. I think it was the best decision I made in a long time. If you don't know what an informational interview is, basically, it’s when you interview someone who has a career that you might be interested in. You can find out first-hand what the job really entails, or about the path required to obtain that job.

GRADventure Specialist Profile: Robin Mazumder

Robin Mazumder

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Robin Mazumder. I am a first year PhD student. I am currently doing my PhD in cognitive neuroscience where I am exploring how urban design impacts mental health.

What do you want to do following graduate school?

GRADventure Specialist Profile: Abhishek Raj

Abhishek

Who are you and what do you do?

I am an international student, currently in the final year of my PhD in the Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering department. My research is focused on the emission reduction potential of novel fuel additive material. I have also worked as a teaching assistant in my department and the Waterloo Professional Development Program. 

When the nerves hit, remember: “They want me to succeed”

interview

As part of the GRADventure Specialist position in the Fall term of 2016 at the University of Waterloo, I was able to take part in the hiring interviews for the students applying for the Winter term positions. This experience not only offered me the opportunity to practice my own professional skills, but it also taught me a great deal about interviews in general.

GRADventure Specialist Profile: Sebastian Rios

Sebastian Rios

My name is Sebastian Rios and I am starting the 3rd year of my PhD in the School of Public Health and Health Systems (SPHHS). I am part of the interRAI Canada research group, which works with big population health care data from the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI). More specifically, my graduate research work looks at mental health systems, quality of care, scale development, outcome measurement, and program evaluation.

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