Winter Break is Coming!

As you power through the end of the semester, ready to head home for a much-needed rest, you suddenly face family well-wishers asking about your plans for the summer, or post-graduation if you’re a senior. You think “What? I’ve just gotten through my finals and I have another semester before the summer. Let me just enjoy my holidays, do some shopping, connect with my friends!”

There are some things you can do before you leave to give them an answer they want to hear:

Check out HuskyCareerLink for jobs or internships and research them to see if it’s something you’d like and qualify for. Then apply for them – and you can tell your family that you’ve applied to some jobs and are waiting to hear. And who knows? You might meet someone over break who works for one of those companies, who can give you some “inside” information on the job or the company. There are currently more than 1,000 jobs posted in HuskyCareerLink – co-ops, internships and full-time positions, with companies big and small, in Connecticut and all over the world, Fortune 50, 100 and 500. Just take a look.

Interested in insurance or financial services? Tell your family you’re planning to attend “Get Hired” in Hartford on January 4th from 3-6 p.m. Hosted by the Connecticut Insurance & Financial Services Cluster, this is billed as “Connecticut’s Largest Insurance and Financial Services Career Fair” with every major insurance or investment firm in the area planning to attend.  Be sure to register for this event at www.connecticutIFS.com/GetHired before you leave campus, while it’s fresh on your mind.

Sharpen up your resume. Add your fall semester accomplishments, your summer job or internship (if you haven’t already) and really tune it up so you can tell your family you have your resume where it needs to be, all ready to submit at the upcoming career fairs.

Know when the spring semester career fairs are, and plan to attend at least one*:

  • Internship & Co-op Fair – February 1 (Student Union, 3rd floor)
  • Careers for the Common Good – February 15 (Student Union, 3rd floor)
  • Engineering – February 15 (Rome Ballroom)
  • Engineering Expo – March 7 (Rome Ballroom)
  • Spring Career Fair – March 29 (Gampel)
  • Neag Career Fair – April 5

*not a complete listing – these are the fairs known at this time.

You can tell your family you’re planning to attend a career fair on campus, and have even added it to your calendar already.

Your time at UConn flies by, especially if you take advantage of all the opportunities your university has to offer. You’re busy all the time. But planning for your next step is as important as your GPA – or even the next national basketball championship. Be proactive and ready for those questions over the holidays and take some time to explore your options and make a plan. And if you don’t have time before leaving, all of this information is available on line. Use the Center for Career Development tools from home – they’re available 24/7. You’ll be glad you did.

By Lisa McGuire
Lisa McGuire Assistant Director for Corporate Partner Relations Lisa McGuire