Winter break is just around the corner and while you may be looking forward to spending time sleeping in or catching up on your favorite TV shows, you may want to think twice and consider using your time productively. Want to get ahead on the internship or job search? Don’t let this precious time slip through your fingers!
Reflect on your past experiences and set goals and/or criteria for the upcoming semester. Are there skills that you’re looking to gain or strengthen through an internship? What types of jobs would you like to pursue and do you have a specific geographic location you’re looking in? Is graduate school something you are considering? Setting some parameters before you begin to search will ease the process and provide you with a mission.
Develop a strategy and timeline. Just as if you have a big project or paper to tackle for class, break it up into smaller steps and processes to make it manageable and create structure.
Reach out and connect with people in your network. This could include family, friends, faculty, alumni, colleagues, etc. Let people know what you’re looking for and see if you can gain any leads on positions. Next you’ll want to check SpiderConnect often for opportunity postings in addition to the NACElink and Career 15 databases that can be found under the SpiderConnect “opportunities” tab.