February 22, 2012 5:38 PM Subscribe
I am a recent graduate. I want to visit to design firms and do short, factual profiles of them on a website for students. What questions should I ask, what will firms not answer, and is this a good idea?
posted by bluelight to Work & Money (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am a recent graduate. I want to start on a project where I go around on informational visits to firms of my discipline (it is a design discipline) and then do a short profile of them to post on a public blog. This would be to the benefit of students, who I want to be my target audience. In my design discipline, I think there's still a pretty severe disconnect between school and the real world...and students and prospective employers. So this blog is supposed to increase awareness of firms amongst students. But I understand that firms may be private about certain matters that they may not want published and I'd like to know what those touchy subjects are, esp. in the realm of public relations.
For example, all students will want to know the average income of an entry-level at XYZ firm...but I wondering if the firm may not want to divulge that information because that's something they might want to feel out in an interview...so any suggestions on how to approach this?
So far I've got it in mind to ask the basics like who owns the firm, how many are employed, what type of projects they do, how long have they been operating, to take pictures of their firm etc. etc. But does anyone have any other suggestions on what to ask?