Build Experience

Step Four: Build Experience

Don't get trapped in a career you don't love. In Step 4 of the exploration process, you’ll start acquiring real-world experience in the field you’re most interested in. You’ve already researched careers with our IU Career Guides in Step 3, which means now you can focus on the opportunities that will accelerate your career planning—not interrupt it.

Best of all, we classify the work you’ll do in this step as experiential learning—which means you can leverage it as marketable experience on your resume.

Ways to build experience and enhance your resume

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Network to Find a Job

Hoosier Connections

HoosierConnections is a great way to connect with professionals to set up job shadowing opportunities and informational interviews. These help you start building on-the-job experience. Networking with professionals can also lead to internships and other experiences.

LinkedIn

Founded in 2003, LinkedIn connects the world's professionals to make them more productive and successful. The Indiana University Bloomington Alumni Group has over 225,000 members. It's a powerful tool and a great place to connect with professionals no matter what you are pursuing.

Informational Interviewing

A 20 minute conversation will result in you learning more about the career field, will help you expand your network of career professionals and possibly lead to other contacts, or even jobs, within the profession.

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