Winter break allows you to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, travel, relax, work, or take an extra class. But did you know this is also a great time to work on your career development? We’ve put together a list of career activities you can take advantage of over break:
This is the perfect time to start your volunteering or shadowing hours! Non-profits sometimes need extra help during the holiday season. Events, abundant amount of donations, or employees taking vacation time are various reasons why they may need an extra hand during this busy time of year.
- Informational interviews
I found informational interviews to be one of the most beneficial things I did during my career search. Informational interviews give someone exploring a career the chance to learn from an experienced professional. Ask questions about their responsibilities, their education, and they how they got where they are today.
- Research jobs/graduate schools
Look around the websites of the companies or graduate schools you’re interested in to learn more about the organization. Performing a web search to read the latest news about a company helps keep you informed with new projects or campaigns they’re working on. You can also add visiting graduate schools over break.
- Update professional materials
Use your extra time to get your materials (resume, cover letter, personal statements, etc.) up-to-date with the activities you did during the last semester. If you stay on top of updating your resume, it’s one less thing you have to worry about when applying for jobs, internships, or graduate schools.
Have questions about anything above? Set up an appointment with Career Services today!
Career Services Advisor