How to Have a Productive Winter Break

There’s a feeling in the air on the UR campus: everyone is just about ready for winter break. (I know I am counting down the days!) Spending time relaxing with family and friends is always wonderful. With a month off, it is also easy to get a bit lazy. It is important to take some time to relax but there are also some things you can do to be productive during this time off! Here are some ways I plan to make good use of my winter break:

Informational Interviews. As a senior I’m still figuring out exactly what I want to do when I graduate. And, as career advisors will tell you, that is completely okay! One way to narrow down your options is to talk to people who actually have the type of job you might be interested in. These are called “informational interviews”. During this time, instead of someone interviewing you, you will be the one asking them questions – questions that may not be answered just from looking on the company website. This is also great for those of you who are looking for places to intern over the summer.  I’m looking forward to hearing people’s real experiences. This will help give me a better idea of what it’s actually like day to day in a particular position or at a particular company.

Networking. Winter break is a great time to network with people at home. Regardless if you plan on moving home after graduation, it doesn’t hurt to talk to people in your home town and make some new connections. A lot of times, it’s all about who you know! So, whether you are reaching out to alumni in the area or talking to your parent’s friends, it never hurts to get to know people and let them know what you are interested in. Even if people don’t work in the field you are interested in, they may know someone who does!

Volunteer. There are always lots of charities and service activities going on during the holidays. Volunteering is a great way to serve others and also feel like you have done something more than watch lots of TV. It is also a great way to meet new people, continue to build your network, and gain some new experiences. All of this can inform your job search and even if it doesn’t it was for a good cause!

I love Netflix, hanging out with friends, and sleeping in late as much as everyone else and I definitely plan on doing my fair share of that over break. However, I also plan on balancing that out with the items listed above. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a fun and productive break to me! For more tips on how to make your break productive, stop by Career Services (THC 306) during our walk-in hours every day 2-4pm or call to make an appointment!

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