Wednesday, April 23, 2014

5 Things You Can Do to Prepare for a Successful Summer


Written by Lauren Lind

Summer break is fast approaching and perhaps you don’t have an internship or job lined up yet. If this is true for you, don’t worry! Here are five things you can do to prepare to have a productive summer and further your professional development.

1.  Continue applying for jobs and internships. Don’t give up hope if you have not found your ideal position for the summer. Those who give up will be sure to not have anything lined up compared to those who are resilient.

2.  Consider volunteering locally or abroad. Volunteer work is not only good for community at large, but it can also help you grow and learn things that you might not learn in an office setting. Not to mention, volunteer work is a great booster for your resume and can help put your life in perspective when things seem bleak.

3.  List out places you want to travel. No better time to travel for sun than summer. Once you have graduated, you will not have the luxuries of summer breaks so take advantage and see the world and even try to squeeze in a few informational interviews in along the way. This is a great opportunity to meet people that you might normally never cross paths with.  

4.  Think about taking summer classes. Taking a class or two in the summer can lighten the load for future semesters and you can better focus on specific classes.

5.  Find your creative outlet. Whether that is painting, reading, writing, singing, building websites, etc. do activities that keep your brain sharp and make you happy.

If you are still looking for an internship or job be sure to check out Career Buffs. There are tons of companies looking for great summer applicants! It’s definitely not too late.

If you need additional support, Career Services will be open all summer long to help you. From May 12 through August 22, our summer hours will be 7:30am-4:30pm. Call us to make an appointment at 303.492.6541 or make one online if you are an undergraduate student or an alumnus who has graduated less than a year ago.