There are two career tips I have for you to do over Winter Break - do these two things and then enjoy your break!
Tip #1: Update your resume
Take a moment to reflect on this past semester. Did you start a new job? Intern somewhere? Complete a meaningful and applicable group project? All of these things can and should be added to your resume. Add them now while all the details are still fresh in your memory
Tip #2: Start a “work experiences” journal
More than likely, you’ve been in an interview an asked to talk about a time you dealt with conflict, or a time you went above and beyond to get a job done, or a time you were faced with a challenge and the steps you took to overcome that challenge. If you haven’t yet, your time is surely coming. Many of these questions call for a specific, detailed situation to provide a complete and satisfying answer. That is where your journal comes in. Think about jobs, internships, class projects, volunteering, etc. and the situations you were put in and what your experiences were in those situations. In your journal, record as specifically as possible, those experiences. What was the task? What obstacles were faced along the way? What was the outcome? What did you learn? What skills did you gain? It may seem silly right now, but as you are preparing for that interview those experiences won’t be as vivid in your mind and you’ll be happy to have your journal to reference.
Now that the work is done, it’s time for fun! Relax with friends and family, eats lots of holiday treats, watch your favorite Christmas movies, curl up in front of a fire with a good book, or go to work. Whatever you do this break, just enjoy!
-Written by Leah Baas, student blogger