There's a lot of information available online just by googling the field you are interested in. Another great way to get more specific information is to ask people who work in the field for 20 minutes of their time to share their thoughts and experiences with you. Let them know you are interested in their field and thinking about options. I've found most people are happy to share their experiences. It's called an informational interview. You can do this with people you know or people you don't know in your network. Consider local veterinarians, animal rescues, or any other local people who do the kind of work you're interested in. At the same time, you're making contacts in your field of interest who could become potential employers. Good luck!
Lisa recommends the following next steps:
- Make a list of people you can reach out to and send them an email or call them to request some time. 20 minutes is a good amount as most people can swing this and many will give you more time when you get there.
- Make a list of your questions beforehand so you can make the best use of your and their time. And get the answers that are most important to you.
- After you've collected answers, pull them together and reflect on what stands out to you most. What are the pluses and minuses? What energizes you most?