Odds are, you’re already in a Summer Break state of mind – I know I am – and if the slacking has already started, there’s also a good chance that your plans over break don’t have a great deal of educational merit. . Here’s a couple ways to cross off a few things on your to-do list over break.
1) Apply for scholarships. Without schoolwork taking up your time, Summer Break is the perfect opportunity to apply for some extra cash, which you’ll probably need once break is over.
2) Spruce up your resume. If you haven’t looked at your resume in a few months, be sure to read it over. At the very least, change around or add a few bullet points and make sure that the format is modern and eye catching. If you’re feeling a bit more ambitious, try adding an entirely new skill by job shadowing or volunteering while you’re home.
Also, if you have your eye on a certain job or internship, draft a version of your resume tailored specifically to it. Add in key words that are in the job description to make it obvious to employers that you are a perfect fit for them.
*For more information on how to make your resume the best it can be, check out this resume writing handout: http://www.publichealth.indiana.edu/docs/careers/resumeGuidelines.pdf *
3) Reconnect. Networking only works if you keep in touch with the people you connect with. If you made a valuable connection at one of the school’s job fairs but haven’t touched base with them since, take five minutes during break to send them a quick email. It will keep you in their mind, so that when you reach out to them for a job opportunity or reference, they will be more than happy to help.
While you’re at it, reconnect with an old friend and catch up. It’ll feel good, and you never know who has connections you might be interested in for the future.
4) Read. Do double duty while sitting on the couch. Read an article or journal related to your field while catching up on your favorite TV shows Being well read on new developments will help you stay in-the-know. It can also give you pertinent talking points during interviews that will impress employer
“Sean MacLennan is a junior in the fitness specialist degree program with a minor in nutrition. She is the event and social media correspondent for IU Kinesiology Club, a UTA for the P215 physiology labs, and a monitor at the Briscoe Fitness and Wellness Center. She hopes to one day own her own wellness center to help people live full, happy, and healthy lives.”
Categories: Career Advice
IUSPH Career Services
Job opportunities for Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington majors are diverse and expanding as the emphasis on living a healthy lifestyle grows around the world. Career Services experts in each of our academic departments will provide one-on-one counseling and career building opportunities throughout your academic career, from choosing the right major to developing a strategy to find a job. They can assist you with:
•resume and cover letter preparation
•graduate school preparation