careerBUZZ: A Career New Year's Resolution

Monday, January 14, 2019 - 1:19pm

As we enter the new year, there are many resolutions that we aspire to happen. For example, not procrastinating until the last minute to write that 7-page paper or promising to update your resume yet you never do. However, when making these new year resolutions, I would recommend you starting with a genre. For this occasion, let’s pick, striving to improve your professional development.

Professional development can mean many things to a variety of different people. That is why it is important to set career goals, improve professional skills such as public speaking, and increase your network. To help you become better aligned with your career goals, I will list below some small tips to think about as you continue in your professional development.

  1. Invest in a calendar/ Use Outlook calendar.

Many people struggle with getting tasks done because they forget to write them down and do not remember them until the last minute. Research has proven that if you write down the tasks you want to get done, there is a higher chance that they will be finished. If you are more of a traditional person who needs to see everything written down, I recommend you invest in a calendar and try to open it every day. This will help opening your calendar become a habit. However, if you prefer to use technology, I recommend you write your tasks on outlook calendar. Not only will this help you organize your day better, but also help you accomplish those assignments day-by-day.

  1. Visit the Pomerantz Career Center.

If you are unaware of what you may want to do with your major, I recommend you visit the Pomerantz Career Center to talk to a peer or make an appointment with a Career Adviser. Tip: You do not need an appointment to talk to a peer advisor, we take walk-ins Monday – Friday from 10 am – 3 pm.

Topics Career Peer Leaders can help you with:

  • Help review your resume or cover letter and provide feedback
  • Assist in writing professional emails
  • Discuss on how to stand out in an interview
  • Increase knowledge on how to find internships or full-time opportunities

Upcoming Events from the PCC:

  • Student Employment Job Fair
    • Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019, 11 am – 3 pm, Main Lounge, IMU
  • Engineering Career Fair
    • Thursday, February 7th, 2019, 11 am – 3 pm, Main Lounge, IMU
  • Diversity Networking Night
    • Tuesday, February 19th, 2019, 5 pm – 7 pm, Currier Multi-Purpose Room
  • Veteran & Employer Morning Meet-Up
    • Wednesday, February 20th, 2019, 9 am – 10 am, South Room, IMU
  • Spring Job & Internship Fair
    • Wednesday, February 20th, 2019, 11 am – 3 pm, Main Lounge & 2nd

       
  1. Make time to speak to your professors.

As many of you would be surprised, your professors are actual human beings. They want to get to know you and a great way to do that is during office hours. I recommend you make time to visit the professors who are interesting to you. Perhaps, during office hours they may present research or internship opportunities. Also, it is a great way to increase professional relationships when you need recommendations for graduate school, internships, or full-time jobs.

  1. Look for internship opportunities.

Internships can give students the reassurance that they are heading into the right career path. If you would like one-on-one help on searching for internships based on your major, interests, and professional goals, you can visit the Pomerantz Career Center for more advice. In addition, if you do not have time to stop by, then you can search for opportunities on LinkedIn, Glass Door, Handshake, and Indeed.

 

Hopefully, this gives you a great start into the 2019 year! Feel free to stop by the Pomerantz Career Center for further questions. Thank you!