Before You Leave for Break…

It’s hard to believe the end of the semester is here! I’m sure you have a lot to accomplish before you head off for break, as classes, clubs, and internships wrap up for the semester. Before you leave, however, I want to give you a few things to think about during your break.

While you’re home on break, you may have some extra time to think about your career. All of our resources are available to you from anywhere, so take advantage of free time (while also catching up on sleep, of course!) A few things you may want to check out:

  1. Resume and Cover Letter resources – include guides on writing resumes and cover letters, as well as several sample resumes. Whether you’ve never created a professional resume before, or if you have a resume but it needs updating, be sure to check these out.
  2. Networking Resources – if you’re attending any holiday parties over break with family or friends, keep in mind that this could be a great networking opportunity. You never know what your uncle’s friend or cousin’s boyfriend may do for work, or who they may know. Ask people questions about what they do for work, how they got there, and what they like about it. Our networking and informational interview guides are definitely worth checking out for help with these conversations!
  3. Career Design – over the course of this semester, we have talked a lot about the Career Design Pathways and how they can help you. When you view your Pathway, is there anything you can check off that you have completed this semester? Or, is there anything that you can plan for completing while you’re home, or when you return to campus next semester?

If you find yourself with some downtime as finals wind down, make an appointment to see us before you head home! We are also open for appointments during the break, aside from being closed for the holidays December 24-January 2. Use Handshake to schedule an appointment. We are available to talk about any career related topic, but strongly encourage you to schedule a Career Design appointment. We can help you personalize the Pathways for your specific goals, and discuss a plan to get you to where you want to be.

Good luck with the rest of your semester! We look forward to connecting with you soon.

By Marissa Shallcross
Marissa Shallcross Assistant Director, Liaison to School of the Arts Marissa Shallcross