Conquering Winter Break

Winter Break is just around the corner and I don’t think it could come any sooner! Winter Break is a much anticipated time of year for most students. It is a great time of year because within it falls holiday seasons and family gatherings and gives a chance to step away from our busy on campus. However, don’t let Winter Break go to waste. Take advantage of bettering yourself during this free time. Take time to take care of yourself and your career during this Winter Break. Here are some things you can do over break to get a head start:

  1. Look for a Summer Internship

    Summer Internships are a great way to make yourself more marketable in your industry and possibly make some extra cash! This is a great time to concentrate on finding job opportunities, writing an irresistible resume, and brushing up on your interview skills. Plenty of companies hire at the beginning of a new year, so it’s worthwhile to start putting yourself out there. Get cover letters in order, make sure your resume is up to date, create or update your LinkedIn Profile, and do some research on companies you’d like to work for. Plus, if you do land an interview, the Center for Career Development offers practice interviews to make sure you nail it.

  2. Volunteer

    Another way to make yourself more marketable and help out your community is through volunteer work. Try to find a charity or organization that does work you’re passionate about, and look into volunteering for them. You can also try to find an organization that does work pertaining to your career goals. For example, if you want to be a doctor or nurse, maybe try volunteering at a hospital. Just a few hours will not only be rewarding for you, but can also make a huge difference for the charity. You can also look into doing an Alternative Winter Break Trip through UConn.

  3. Take a class

    Class may be the last thing on your mind during winter break but learning a new skill or taking a class can put you one step closer to that first job/career out of college. Taking a class during break can be very helpful because it’s much less stressful when you don’t have to deal with the hustle and bustle of a normal semester. It’s a good time to focus on the one difficult class that you know you may need to do a little extra studying for.