AI: Career Exploration and Networking

Career Exploration 

Career exploration is not just something you do when you get to college—it’s a skill that will serve you well throughout your professional life. Learning when and how to pivot, what transferrable skills you have, what your work view is, and how your interests and skills intersect are all incredibly helpful. Whether you’re just getting started in your exploration, or are staying up to date on trends and techniques, you can use generative AI to help brainstorm.

Example Prompts:

  • What careers blend ________ and ________? For example, what careers blend political science and human rights activism?  
  • What is the typical career path of a ________? For example, what is the typical career path of an architect?  
  • What are some entry-level positions for ________ concentrators/majors? For example, what are some entry-level positions for neuroscience concentrators?  
  • What skills are required for a ________ on a day-to-day basis? For example, what skills are required for a community programs manager on a day-to-day basis?  
  • What are some entry-level positions in the ________ industry? For example, what are some entry-level positions in the fashion industry? 
  • Which ________ companies have the best track record for ________? Which engineering companies have the best track record for promoting women and minorities?   
  • I want you to act as a career counselor. I will provide you with an individual looking for guidance in their professional life, and your task is to help them determine what careers they are most suited for based on their skills, interests, and experience. You should also conduct research into the various options available, explain the job market trends in different industries, and which qualifications would be beneficial for pursuing particular fields. My first request is “I want to advise someone who wants to pursue a potential career in data analytics.”  
  • I am a sophomore in college about to have an informational interview. Suggest some questions for an informational interview with an associate at Sotheby’s.  (Source)

Remember, generative AI should not replace guidance from human professionals. The MCS advising team offers students their many years of experience, in addition to their particular knowledge of Harvard and its expansive alumni network. Meet with an MCS career advisor to brainstorm ways to explore various career paths.

Identifying and Researching Opportunities and Organizations 

You can leverage generative AI to develop a targeted list of potential career opportunities based on your field of interest, study, location, etc. Then, you can continue your research and follow organizations that interest you on LinkedIn.  We also recommend using the “favorite” option in Crimson Careers and other job boards, and customizing your career center email content preferences to improve your personalized recommendations.  

Example Prompts: 

  • List the top ten Series A startups focused on healthcare in the San Francisco Bay area. 
  • I am a first-year undergraduate student interested in computer science. Please identify tech internships specifically for first-years. 
  • I am interested in climate change and sustainability careers. Please list 20 organizations in this field that offer summer internships. 
  • Tell me about [insert company name]. Provide details on their mission, vision, values, products, services, key executives, etc. (Source
  • How does [insert company name] compare to their top competitors [insert company names] on key metrics like growth, profitability, innovation, culture, etc.? (Source
  • List the employee resource groups at [insert company name]. 

Networking & Informational Interviews 

Generative AI can help you refine your outreach messages, brainstorm questions to ask during informational interviews, and develop thank-you notes or other follow-up communications. For example, you could ask Chat GPT how to phrase a cold outreach email, or how to phrase a follow up email with someone you have already met. Use this alongside career center tools to Expand Your Network.  

Example Prompts: 

  • Provide insights into local networking groups or clubs that facilitate in-person connections within [insert industry]. 
  • I am interviewing with a screenwriter who has been in the industry for 5 years. Analyze their LinkedIn profile [insert text of LinkedIn profile] and come up with three questions I can ask during an informational interview. 
  • Create a 30-second elevator pitch for a junior studying economics and global health who has prior summer internship experience working for the federal government and a small health-tech startup. 
  • I met with an alumna who is VP of Sustainability at a mid-sized energy company. We talked about ________ during our meeting. Draft a potential follow-up email based on our conversation.