It’s finals time, making the likelihood of you reading this in the midst of studying, writing, presenting, panicking, celebrating, sleeping, or any other finals week activity, slim to none. It’s ok. We understand. But we also hope that once you do settle into your summer vacation, you’ll take some time to catch up and make it a commitment to include career planning in your schedule for the next few months.
A few easy things to get you started:
- Re-read (or read for the first time) the blog postings from this past year. It’s been our goal to introduce the CareerSpots videos and other great resources by incorporating them into these weekly topics.
- Acquaint yourself with our Career TIP Sheets for advice on resumes, cover letters, internships, graduate school planning, interviewing, networking, and more.
- Browse the Career Services Resources for Students website for information on job searching, career planning, online assessment tools, and exploring majors and careers. **I highly recommend the What Can I Do With This Major site to help make connections between majors and careers, view strategies to help you work toward a career goal, and access professional association websites and other career information.
A few more things to work on:
- Some of you may be interning this summer with organizations that have learning goals built in for you and projects in which you will be developing your skills and abilities. Great! For others, you may be returning to a summer job or planning to seek work that will simply allow you to earn some spending money. In either case, find ways in which you can offer more to your employer. Develop your skills by tackling a new project, show some initiative by suggesting a different process, and demonstrate your commitment and professionalism by following through on your work and being a reliable employee. Be sure you write your accomplishments down – it’s much easier to remember them as they occur than months (or years) later when you’re updating your resume.
- If you aren’t planning to work, look for ways to make connections. Network with alumni through Career Connections (housed in your JobCenter account); ask to shadow professionals in your area; attend professional association meetings; volunteer in organizations that interest you.
- If nothing else, draft (or update) your resume and work on filling in your JobCenter profile and exploring this vast career management system.
Frankly, I could go on and on. There are many steps, big and small, to achieve in your career development process. The Office of Career Services is open throughout the summer to guide and assist you. Let us know how we can help!
Career Services Staff
Sharon Givler, Director
Gwen Miller, Associate Director
Susan Donmoyer, Assistant
Summer hours: Monday through Friday; 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.