Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, June 20, 2014
With multiple career paths you can pursue, it is important to figure out which one will provide you with the best combination of things you want from a career (ex. compensation, flexibility, happiness, etc.). The best way to figure this out is to talk to people who either are currently in that field or who have been previously. You could start by engaging with the alumni association from your school to see if they can connect you with people who have walked in your shoes. Second, utilize professional networking tools such as LinkedIn, and once there, search for and join groups that are in some way connected to your potential career paths. Within these groups you can, as you have done here, post questions to the group to get advice and potentially connect with them to have a one-on-one conversation about career options.