Networking and Informational Interviewing

Networking and Informational Interviewing

Research and exploration are important components of professional development. Networking has short and long-term benefits. In the near term, it helps employees effectively perform current work by finding colleagues with resources and information. Networking is also vital for long-term career and professional development. It helps proactive employees answer the following questions:

  • What is changing at the Institute?
  • What is changing in my current department?
  • What are the implications of organizational or leadership changes?
  • How do I find out what skills are important now and for the future?
  • How do I research other departments or functions?
  • How do I learn about other roles or projects where I can apply my transferable skills?
  • Where might there be opportunities in my current department or other roles at MIT?

MIT offers resources to promote connections in the workplace through informational interviews, networking events, and participation in employee groups. Networks enable employees to get information, feedback, learn new skills, assess organizational needs and explore professional opportunities. The following resources can be customized for specific school and departmental needs:

  • On-Line Networking Database
    Follow the link to access members of the MIT community who have agreed to serve as network contacts. The site includes tips on the basics of networking and informational interviewing.
  • Networking and Informational Interviewing (Workshop)
    This seminar promotes networking for skill development, understanding organizational trends, and uncovering possible project opportunities or job openings. Participants assess the strength and breadth of their networks and review strategies for outreach, preparation, and follow-up. Participants learn how to construct specific questions designed to uncover information about organizational needs, culture, future opportunities, and the overall “fit” with their skills, interests, and values. To register, visit SAPweb Self Service: Training website.