• Length:
    6 Weeks
  • Effort:
    3–5 hours per week
  • Price:

    FREE
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  • Institution
  • Subject:
  • Level:
    Introductory
  • Language:
    English
  • Video Transcript:
    English

Associated Programs:

Prerequisites

Intermediate level of English language proficiency

About this course

In this final course of the English for Business Networking Professional Certificate program, you’ll put your knowledge into practice by preparing for and conducting an informational interview. 
 
First off, you’ll clarify your goals and set up a practice informational interview. You’ll practice talking on the phone to make arrangements to meet.  Then, you’ll set up a second informational interview. You’ll learn how to research a person and write questions to learn more about them or their career. You’ll also learn the parts of an interview.  
 
Finally, you’ll learn the key steps for following up with a person after your interview. You’ll successfully complete a whole cycle of networking activities.

What you'll learn

  • Research a person you would like to interview using LinkedIn and other tools. 
  • Prepare for and conduct an informational interview with someone you already know, and follow up with a thank-you note. 
  • Prepare for and conduct an informational interview with a new contact 
  • Follow up with a thank-you note. 
  • Share your lessons learned about informational interviews and networking 

Meet your instructors

Joel Ozretich
Instructor
University of Washington
Richard Moore
Instructor
University of Washington

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Learner testimonials

"The course was very easy to follow and understand. Which helped me to ask more questions at work." - Previous Student

Frequently asked questions

Q: Do I need to take the courses in order?
A: We recommend you take the courses in order. Many of the topics build from one course to the next, but there is no strict requirement.

Q: I don’t know many people, so how can I network?
A: Everyone has a network. The course will help you identify the people that you already know and help you figure out strategies to make your network bigger.

Q: My English isn’t very strong. Is this course right for me?
A: This course is designed for people with an intermediate level or above. That means you should be able to talk about everyday topics. If you are a beginner, some of the activities might be difficult, but you can still learn from them.

Q: I’m quite fluent in English. Is this too basic for me?
This course is designed for people at an intermediate level in English. Some of the vocabulary might be easy for you, but you can probably benefit from the activities.

Q: I’m not studying business. Is this course okay for me?
Yes, networking is all about making connections. You can use networking in any major, career, or location.