As the semester comes to a close, it’s normal to turn off your brain and do nothing but dream about going home and sleeping for hours on end. While that sounds fabulous, there is a way to be proactive while on break. The future isn’t that far away, and now is the time to prepare.
Our hometowns might not be where we see ourselves after graduation, but it’s smart to use our resources while we have them. Set up a few small informational interviews with local business owners who can give you tips on how to make yourself marketable to many different employers. If you’re lucky enough to be from a big city, email anyone you can think of. We hear in class that professionals love helping students, and it’s up to us to use them as a resource. So email anyone and everyone and let them know you want to learn what it’s like to work where they work and do what they do. It’s never too early to start getting to know people and building your network.
When you’re not busy conducting informational interviews, use this time to edit your LinkedIn profile and any other social media sites you may use. LinkedIn is a great resource and many professionals are using the site, just as you are. Edit your profile to the best of your ability, but if you’re unsure of what a good profile looks like, feel free to glance at what your friends have listed on their profiles or simply ask someone for their help or input. When it comes to Facebook and Twitter, if you don’t want to clean up your profiles and delete pictures, make sure you have all of the privacy settings on so only your friends can see the content you have on your account. To avoid the hassle of checking your privacy settings, simply clean up your page. Get rid of embarrassing pictures and delete any inappropriate posts. If you want to take it a step further, delete your old accounts and make brand new professional accounts. While you can never truly erase anything from the internet, you can do your best to start over and show the world the new and improved social media you!
When you’re done editing your many social media accounts, take some time to read. Read a book, a blog or even a magazine. Knowledge, for a lack of better words, is power. We all have an idea of what industry we want to go into, whether it’s fashion, sports, travel or food, and it’s important to have an idea of what’s popular and going on with the specific area of your choice. Consider this step the laid-back part of maximizing your break from school. If you’re really feeling ambitious, leave the world of Google behind and head over to your local library to check out real books. Take a chance! You never know what useful advice you’ll find at the library.
A break from school is more than just a break. It’s a time to work on the tasks you don’t usually have the time to do when you’re preoccupied with schoolwork. Get to work now and you’ll appreciate it later.