Welcome back! We hope that your winter break and holiday season was filled with good cheer, great company, and some well-deserved rest. Now that you have had a full 5 weeks to catch up on your sleep and favorite Netflix series, it is finally time to welcome the start of a new semester. Each semester, students return to campus with anticipation and a hopeful outlook. Although your high expectations for the semester may have good intentions, it is important to set realistic goals that you will be able to accomplish over the next three months. Here are examples of attainable goals to help guide you through the semester:
- Get a Summer Internship
Some students think that applying for a summer internship is something that can wait until sometime in April or even after the end of the semester. However, February is commonly referred to as the “Internship Month”. This is really when you need to start preparing for your internship search and even apply to a few positions that will already be posted. To help you prepare for finding an internship, participate in our 30 Days of Internship Challenge. You can also check out the Internship and Co-op Fair to see what companies are looking to hire UConn students for open internship and co-op positions.
- Attend a Career Fair
Three major career fairs are hosted during the spring semester: the Internship and Co-op Fair, the Careers for the Common Good Fair, and the Spring Career Fair. One thing to keep in mind if you are planning on attending any of the career fairs this semester is the preparation that is required for each. Before any career fair you should always have you resume reviewed at the Center for Career Development, practice your elevator pitch, and prepare an appropriate, professional outfit. For more tips on how to prepare for the career fair, check out our earlier blogs.
- Choose a Major
Choosing the right major is a big decision that requires a lot of time and consideration. While your academic advisor is a great resource for helping you choose a major, the Career Counselors at the Center for Career Development can also help. Consider meeting with a Career Counselor to explore what a connection exists between your interests and values and the world of work.
- Land a Job After Graduation
Like landing an internship, getting a job after graduation is something that takes a lot of preparation and perseverance. Students will often send out dozens of applications before being offered an interview. The first steps to getting a full-time job are preparing for the search and gathering application materials for each position you want to apply for. For additional information on what you will need for the job search, check out the Job Search Checklist, or schedule a meeting with a career counselor by calling 860-486-3013