Home for the summer – Spend your time wisely
When you are coming home for the summer between semesters, your first thoughts may be to take a summer vacation, Netflix, and chill, or just flat out relax. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but your list should be spending your time wisely. The upcoming homework-free days will give you plenty of time to set yourself up for the future. If you are not sure how to even get started on that, I got you! Making a plan and getting your new grad resume started are just a few ideas we have for you.
Make a Plan
Bring a bit of focus and clarity to your future with a plan. Perhaps your upcoming career looks hazy because you haven’t given it enough thought. Preparing for what comes after graduation will help you cut down on the time it takes to land your first career job.
Research – Take some time to look into your industry. Check out businesses that appeal to you. Look up the job titles that are common to your skills. Research salaries in your field and area. Take the time to figure out what you want to do, and more importantly, what you don’t want to do. Talk to people in your industry, career coaches, and your professors to flesh out anything you are unclear about.
Make a Goal (or several) – You aren’t going to get somewhere you haven’t been without a map. Making goals for yourself will help you keep focused on what truly matters to you. This can even help you as you finish out school to choose the right courses, extracurriculars and increase your GPA. Figure out what is important to you and make some goals based on that.
Actionable Steps – Come up with some actionable steps that will get you closer to your goals. This can be anything from getting a certification in addition to your degree, taking extra classes that might complement your career, or even landing an internship.
Earn Some Extra Income
Getting a job in the summer while you have the extra time can help you for the days in school when you won’t have time. Right now is the best time to get a side job with little commitment. Everywhere you visit in retail and foodservice is hiring. Banking on this extra income can set you up to focus on school for your final semesters.
Prepare for Your Future with a New Grad Resume
Visiting a career counselor in your hometown is a great way to set yourself up for success. This expert can help you navigate the uncharted waters you are heading into. They can help you refine your goals and actionable steps, as well. On top of that, they can help you prepare your new grad resume. It isn’t too soon to get a good base resume started. A resume should definitely be a constant work in progress.
Here at Future Unleashed, LLC we have the Project 100 program in place to help upcoming graduates. We want to help you land your dream job before you even turn your tassel. We offer a resume, counseling, and a LinkedIn profile. What’s best is this program is free if you sign up and qualify!
Start thinking about Internships
Don’t underestimate the power of a good internship. Too many new graduates complain about not having the experience to land the right jobs. However, when you have an internship (or two) listed on your resume, you are showing prospective employers that you have taken the time to learn your role and industry. They will see this as a plus for many reasons. It shows your initiative, they can count on you for having some base knowledge and they may be able to speak to someone who managed you and get good input.
Get Your Plan, New Grad Resume, and Goals Started Today!
Don’t wait until the week your summer is over to start thinking about your future. Get started on your plan now! Be sure to reach out to Tequesta DeSouza today if you have any questions