Propel Careers

Propelling Careers Podcast - Episode 16 - Informational Interviewing overview and who to connect with 

June 19, 2024 
by Lauren Celano, CEO, Propel Careers and Jim Gould, the Director for Postdoctoral Affairs at Harvard Medical School 

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In this episode and also episode 17, Jim and Lauren focus on informational interviewing. In Episode 15, we talked about how the summer slowdown can be a great opportunity to reflect on your career and informational interviewing is a wonderful opportunity to put this reflection into action.  Informational interviewing is so important for career insights.  Many people who you would like to reachout to may have more time during the summer so this creates a unique opportunity for you.  This episode will cover these points below and episode 17 will focus on what questions to ask.  We hope you enjoy listening!

  • What is an informational interview
  • Why these are important
  • Why type of person are you looking to connect with
  • How to identify people for these
  • How to connect with people
  • What are some unique considerations that are helpful for students and postdocs to think about when doing informational interviews?
  • Find ways to be helpful also to the person you informational interview


Lauren Celano, CEO of Propel Careers and Jim Gould, the Director for Postdoctoral Affairs at Harvard Medical School, launched this podcast as a way for us to share our advice, insights, and reflections to help others navigate their careers.

As we develop new episodes, this podcast will provide insights regarding career advice to help listeners navigate career choices and become more confident in their decisions. We look forward to busting myths and providing real life, timely, and accurate advice. Jim and Lauren work heavily with Ph.D. trained scientists, but the advice we provide can be applicable to other audiences. We hope you enjoy listening!


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