Welcome back Hawkeyes! 2017 marks the start of a new year, which makes us all one year closer to graduation (I know, I don’t want to think about it either). If any of you are like me, you probably spent a lot of winter break fielding questions from curious relatives such as:
“What are you doing this summer?”
“What are you doing after graduation?”
“What do you want to do with your major?”
While it can be tempting to shrug off these questions and stuff your face with mashed potatoes, it is important that we ask ourselves these hard questions as we try to identify our goals and ambitions. It is okay (and normal!) to not know exactly what you want to do yet, but here are 4 things you can do to help kick-start a successful year of career endeavors.
- Update your resume and HireaHawk.
Now is a great time to dust off that resume and make sure it is up-to-date with all of your current experiences and positions. It is also important that you update your HireaHawk account, because certain jobs will only be available to you based on your year and major, so it is important that those are accurate!
- Assess your involvement on campus.
The new year is the perfect time to reflect and plan how you want to approach the semester. Do you want to get more involved? Are you “too” involved and not able to give your best work in all of your commitments? Is each activity giving you something of value, whether it’s relevant experience, meaningful friendships, and/or doing something you love? College is all about progression and finding your passions, and campus involvement is a great way to maximize your college experience.
- Think about how what you want to do this summer.
As college students, we tend to get wrapped up in the buzzwords “summer internship” and think that if we don’t have one then the world will literally stop spinning. While summer internships are definitely an invaluable way to gain real life experience and explore career paths, it is not the sole option of what you can do this summer. You can pick up a trade, take classes, study abroad (my personal favorite) or do anything that you feel will help advance your personal and professional goals. Any experience is better than no experience!
- Come to the Career Center!
Whether you want to explore opportunities in your major, have your resume reviewed, or have any career related questions, the Pomerantz Career Center is here to help you make the most of this year!
-Written by blogger, Marcus Smith