Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Small Steps in Winter Break

So you thought those 32 days between the end of fall 2014 final exams and the beginning of spring 2015 classes would be filled with relaxation and the joys of your favorite holidays: Hannukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Solstice, New Year's. (Hey, I'll celebrate anything for which I get presents!)

Here are some better ideas. Some of them are low-key ideas--stuff you might even enjoy doing. Some is loner-stuff, like polishing your LinkedIn profile, or identifying which companies you might want to target as sources for your ideal first job. Others are more people-focused: volunteering, creating a mini-internship, doing an informational interview, or shadowing an employee whose job you might like to be doing several years from now.

Niagara University's campus will be closed for a chunk of time--but the week or so before classes might be a superb time to drop in to the Career Services office and have some quality time with the staff and resources there, since overall demand will be low.

Remember: whatever you do now will be one extra step toward a great post-graduation career. And a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Thanks and a tip o' the Twitter hat to @thesimpledollar.

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