Career Planning Center Alumni Spotlight: Anthony Russo

May 1st, 2015 by rimaal17

Name: Anthony RussoAnthony Russo

Graduation Year: 2014

Major: Political Science

Industry: Currently a Jesuit Volunteer, planning to pursue a career in higher education

Favorite Class: Either “Power and Protest” with Professor Chubb or “Liberation Theology” with Professor Eggemeier

Campus Involvement: Varsity Swim Team, Student Government Association, Gateways Orientation, Summer Study Abroad – Kenya, Manresa Retreat, Tour Guide, Spring Break Immersion

College Internship/Work Experience: Summer Internship Program: Gateways Orientation Program Coordinator, Academic Internship Program: Office of Student Involvement

What were some of the most defining events/opportunities/aspects of your time at Holy Cross?

One of the most defining opportunities of my time at Holy Cross was participating in a Summer Study Abroad program to Kenya. This month-long program opened my eyes to many global realities, and allowed me to learn about Kenya’s development through simultaneously participating in a community based learning internship in a preschool in the Kibera slum and engaging in related coursework. This opportunity really fostered in me a desire to see and understand the world around me, from a local to international level. Not only does Holy Cross provide opportunities to see the world from new lenses, both through classes and experiential settings, there are also countless ways through which to take a step back and learn more about yourself and others, such as through retreats. Finally, one of my favorite aspects of my time at Holy Cross is the sense of community that manifests itself in every aspect of campus life, and which I continue to see as an alumni!

What is one thing someone should be certain to do before they graduate?

Experience a way of life other than your own! Whether that’s in another country through Study Abroad or a “Maymester”, on the Spring Break Immersion Program, or right in Worcester, I’ve found that my most meaningful learning comes from having experiences through which to view society and the world, applying different lenses I have learned in my courses.

What advice would you give to someone preparing to graduate, or a recent graduate?

Don’t be afraid to push yourself out of your comfort zone. This is such an exciting time; consider any and all options that are available to you, even if it means moving to a completely new location! There is so much to learn, and pushing yourself outside out of your bubble now will expose you to new opportunites, and you may find yourself doing something or living somewhere you may have never previously considered. Also, no matter where you are, take time to learn about the people you are working with. There are so many cool stories out there, and you never know what you may have in common with someone. You will also learn about resources and opportunities you may have never known existed.

What skills have you found most useful in your professional life that you attribute from learning at Holy Cross?

Holy Cross taught me to always question what’s going on around me. This may mean taking a closer look at the best way to execute a project you’ve been assigned, even it’s something that’s “always” been done the same way. You are bringing unique experiences and knowledge to a position – use them in whatever ways you can! In my work this year at an alternative high school for 18-26 year-olds, this approach has also allowed me to continue to critically question structures in our society, and the norms that are too often simply accepted. In addition, the connectedness and collaboration that is found at Holy Cross, whether in coursework in seemingly different areas, or between a course and a leadership position (and the list goes on and on), is something I appreciated in my four years on the Hill, and also allows me to find connections in an array of opportunities in my professional life.

What is the most important advice you could give a student on obtaining an internship or a job?

Don’t do it all on your own! Ask questions – whether of mentors, family, or friends, and definitely during interviews! You never know what you might learn, and also, in processing your thoughts with someone else, you may look at things in a whole new way. Also, in your search, give answers that are true to yourself, and highlight what makes you unique. Trust in your experiences, and don’t be afraid to share them!

Career Planning Center Alumni Spotlight: Elizabeth Heston

April 24th, 2015 by rimaal17

Name: Elizabeth HestonElizabeth Heston

Graduation Year: 2009

Major: English and History (Double Major)

Industry: High School English and History Teacher, History Department Chair

Favorite Class: Medieval England to 1216 with Professor Attreed and Poe’s Haunted World with Professor Sweeney . The great thing about Holy Cross is the different teaching methods of every professor and both of these professors helped me to form my own teaching strategies, while also teaching me some of the most interesting content I have ever studied!

Campus Involvement:

Campus Activities Board (CAB), Co-Chair and Executive Board member

Purple Key Society, Member

Campus Ministry, HAYES retreat leader and Mass Greeter

Appalachia Service Trip, Participant and Leader

Leir Luxembourg Program, Participant

SPUD (Nativity School),  Tutor

College Internship/Work Experience:

Religious Studies Department, Work Study Student

What were some of the most defining events/opportunities/aspects of your time at Holy Cross?

The resources available to Seniors were absolutely critical in getting me where I am today. The post-graduate volunteer fair was where I discovered the PACT program that placed me at my current school and was an important event in helping me figure out my future. The resume help from the career planning office was also especially important. In a similar way, the advice I got from my academic advisors Professor Bizzell and Professor Conley was really essential in helping me learn how English and History can work together both in my learning and in my teaching.

What is one thing someone should be certain to do before they graduate?

It may seem broad, but get involved! The more involved you can be with the life of Holy Cross, the better! You will have a lot of time in the future to sit behind a desk or watch TV in your room, but the opportunities for involvement that Holy Cross offers are truly once in a lifetime. Leadership positions in student groups, lectures from experts in their fields and service trips are not going to be as available once you graduate, so be sure to use your time in college wisely. Also, go to Lessons and Carols at least once before you graduate, you won’t regret it!

What advice would you give to someone just starting out in your field?

Teaching can often feel overwhelming; lesson planning, classroom management, and keeping up with grades are only part of the profession. My advice would be to use your resources; teaching is not a solitary endeavor and you can learn so much from your peers, department heads, administration and online resources. Teachers are part of a larger community and sharing resources can save time and effort.

What skills have you found most useful in your professional life that you attribute from learning at Holy Cross?

Being a teacher goes beyond just facts and figure, the profession is also about being a leader and role model for your students. Holy Cross taught me the morals and values that I promote in my own classroom and try to apply to my own life as a model for my students. The leadership skills I learned through my involvement in clubs at Holy Cross also helped to teach me how to effectively handle a classroom. Finally, the ultimate value I learned at Holy Cross was the importance of the “education of the whole person”. That Jesuit Charism is what motivates me to see teaching not just as a profession but as a calling.

What is the most important advice you could give a student on obtaining an internship or a job?

Build up connections, then wow them in the interview. In the competitive job market of today, there is often very little that separates you from many other applicants. A connection through friends, family, or even Holy Cross can work wonders in pushing your name ahead of the pack. Once you get that push however, you are on your own and that is an important understanding to have. The next step is to approach you interview as a final exam, that means you have to study/prepare, know yourself well, and put your best foot forward to pin down the job!

Alumni Spotlight: Abaigeal Healy

April 10th, 2015 by rimaal17

Name: Abaigeal Healy

Graduation Year: 2011ah2

Major: Psychology

Minor: Studio Art

Industry: Investor Relations, Business

Favorite Class: Psychology of Complex Thinking

Campus Involvement:

Pre-Business, Member

Women in Business, Member

Co-Chair of the Communications, Advertising and Marketing Club (“The Agency”)

Study Abroad, National University of Ireland, Galway

Career Experience:

FTI Consulting, Inc. –Manager, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications

FTI Consulting, Inc.-Senior Associate, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications

FTI Consulting, Inc.-Coordinator, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications

EMC Corporation-Associate, Marketing Development Program

College Work/Internship:

Holy Cross Summer Internship Program: The Geppetto Group, Account Management Intern, New York City

Holy Cross Summer Internship Program: VIACOM, MTV International Media Networks, Social Responsibility Intern and Blogger, New York City

Holy Cross Crusader: Feature Writer

Holy Cross Work Study: Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery

Holy Cross Work Study: Music Department Marketing and Design

What were some of the most defining events/opportunities/aspects of your time at Holy Cross?

Besides meeting some of my very best friends on Mulledy four, one of the most defining aspects of my time at Holy Cross was solidifying my major in psychology with a minor in studio art. This was a unique combination that provided me an opportunity to explore the full extent of my liberal arts education. One day I would be discussing the evolution of behavior in Beaven Hall and the next day I would be in the dark room developing film in the studio. This combination allowed me to experience many different types of learning as well as provide me with an opportunity to interact with a diverse group of people and personalities. Two of my proudest moments at the college came near graduation where I was inducted into the Psi Chi National Honor Society while simultaneously showcasing my senior art portfolio in the Millard Art Center.

What is one thing someone should be certain to do before they graduate?

If you have the opportunity, go abroad. And do not be afraid to go for a whole year! I spent a year in Galway, Ireland and the amount of traveling I was able to do over the course of the year was life changing. Because of my abroad experience, I developed an openness and awareness of diversity across a range of cultures and business markets. Now working in a global company, I cannot imagine not having the experiences that I did living internationally. It also opens you up to a whole new group of friends. Some of my closest friends today are those who I studied abroad with.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out in your field?

Say yes to every new opportunity that comes your way. I came across my career in investor relations by helping to put together an analyst day at EMC. I knew very little about the Company’s analyst and investor base but became very intrigued by the profession through the process. I eventually made a switch from marketing to investor relations.

What skills have you found most useful in your professional life that you attribute from learning at Holy Cross?

My professors and mentors at Holy Cross would always encourage me to reach out to the alumni community for career advice and internship opportunities. Although it was sometimes intimidating then, I was pleasantly surprised by the responses I would receive. Today, I am continuously expanding my network as a business professional and always seek out Holy Cross alumni at business events and company socials. It is always fun to connect with fellow Crusaders!

I also attribute a lot of my success in career to the multi-tasking skills I learned at Holy Cross. Between classes, extracurricular activities, community service, friends and campus life, it was always a balancing act to get everything done. In my current role, juggling many things at once is one of my strengths and necessary to drive value in the organization I’m a part of.

What is the most important advice you could give a student on obtaining an internship or a job?

Be persistent, yet polite. Unless you are very lucky, no one will hand you an internship or job. You must have the confidence to be in control of your own opportunities. Every position I have landed in my career has been a result of what I call ‘professional persistency’. Always, always follow up!

 

As the year winds down…

April 1st, 2015 by kehugh17

Although it’s hard to believe, winter is finally behind us and we can look forward to the (short lived) spring season on the Hill. With this passage of time comes the hopes & worries for the coming future, namely in the form of summer plans. As a sophomore and an intern in the Career Planning Center, I have come up with a few points of advice for students who are either stressed or confused (maybe even both) about what’s to come with regard to summer 2015. These tips originate from my own personal strategies and from what I’ve heard in the office, whether it be from students or career counselors.

  1. Prioritize
    • Of course this is kind of a no-brainer, but with the combined stress of finals season and the closure of many application deadlines, successful prioritization of tasks becomes pivotal. Take a step back and ask yourself; how would you like to spend your time this summer? This may not be an easy question to ask, but it is a necessary one to at least bring up if you want to take initiative and close out the rest of the year right.
    • If you are looking for an internship and haven’t had much luck yet – keep searching!! Even if you don’t find one for this summer, you’ve increased your awareness of the opportunities out there and have also probably improved your application materials. This will only benefit you in the long run!
    • I came into this semester with the hope of having a concrete plan for my summer by midterm season, and as of April 1st, 2015, I still have no idea what I’m doing. It definitely isn’t ideal, but I have created a bunch of plan b’s and c’s for the summer, and you should do the same thing!
  2. Stay open-minded
    • As I just said, it’s important to be open to advice and constructive criticism in the internship search process. Be open to multiple possibilities, and try not to obsess on one potential summer opportunity.
    • Creating backup plans will ease your mind and ultimately give you something to lean on if your initial plan doesn’t work out. For example, if I don’t find an intern position, I will work in my hometown and take classes at a nearby college to set myself up for an easier junior year.
    • Things like taking classes elsewhere, volunteering, shadowing alumni or finding some kind of interesting summer program to participate in will definitely benefit you, so don’t be dispirited if you don’t find an internship.
  3. Make use of your resources
    • Since the year is quickly coming to a close, the stresses of finding something to keep yourself productive this summer are increasing rapidly. At Holy Cross, there are a bunch of people and places to confer if you are in need of an outside opinion or advice concerning a plan that you may have.
    • The Career Planning Center (Hogan 203) should be your first stop if you are in the search process for an opportunity this summer (or anytime for that matter). A simple visit to drop-in hours (M-F, 1-4pm) is guaranteed to be helpful, regardless of how far you are in the process of preparing application materials.
    • Know that it never hurts to apply, even if the deadline seems like it may be too close or if you think you don’t fulfill the position’s requirements. You never know what a specific employer is going to think about you!
  4. Utilize ‘free’ time
    • If you are reading this, it is probably after Easter break so I just hope what I’m about to say applies to you. When you are relaxing at home, devote a couple of hours a day to researching positions or sending out applications! General productivity can’t hurt, especially when you have the time off from attending classes and taking care of immediate assignments.
    • Don’t stress yourself out though; Easter break is a time to spend with family and get off campus for a bit. Nonetheless, taking care of extracurricular tasks like internship applications during this long weekend would definitely be beneficial.

 

The year has flown by, and it will be no time until you reflect back on reading this blog post sometime in late May or June and reflect on how much it taught you (just kidding, maybe not … who knows). If you feel inspired or have any questions then I hope you find your way to the Career Planning Center sometime ( if you haven’t already ) to familiarize yourself with the office and what it can provide you!

6 Tips to get an Internship this summer with Pam & Julie!

March 24th, 2015 by rimaal17
1. Write targeted resume and cover letters that align with the position you are applying for. They must be letter perfect – no grammatical errors!
2. Utilize multiple resources in your internship search – Crusader Connections, LACN internship database, internships.cominternmatch.com, connections with friends, family, etc…
3. Do your research! You need to understand and be able to articulate what the company does, what industry they are in, what the role is and how it aligns with your interests.
4. During interviews, you need to make connections for the employer between your skills and experience and the role for which you are interviewing.
5. Network! Use the Career Advisor Network and LinkedIn.com to find Alumni who are at organizations you are applying to or interviewing with.
6. Follow-up! Send thank you notes within 24 hours after an interview. Email is best as it’s immediate. You can always follow-up with a hand-written thank you note. Reach back out to the employer two weeks after the interview to restate your interest and enthusiasm in the role.

Alumni Spotlight: Irvin Scott

February 27th, 2015 by rimaal17

Name: Irvin Scott

Graduation Year: 2014professional pic (1)

Major: English

Industry: Financial Services, BNY Mellon and Acting, Eaux de vie Bluespark Collaborative Documentary

Favorite Class: Bible and Literature- Professor Kee and Cording

Campus Involvement: Interdenominational Services, BSU, D1AA Varsity Football

College Internship/Work Experience (if you were in Summer Internship Program, Academic Internship Program, other programs): Northwestern Mutual College Intern Program (Junior Year)

What were some of the most defining events/opportunities/aspects of your time at Holy Cross? My most defining moment was when I spoke at my class’ Holy Cross Baccalaureate Mass.

What is one thing someone should be certain to do before they graduate? There is no one right answer to this question, but I’d say receiving some professional exposure in whatever field you are looking to become involved in is essential. If you don’t know what particular field is, shop around, try things out but whatever you do, don’t sit around and wait.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out in your field? The financial service industry is extremely lucrative with an array of avenues you can go down. The most important thing to do is become familiar with the field you are looking to go into quickly. If it’s insurance, get certified as soon as possible. If it’s banking, get your securities license (Series 6, 7) early. Get your foot in the door early through internships. Reach out to Alumni in the financial service industry.

The acting is more of a hobby than a career, but getting involved after college is essential.

What skills have you found most useful in your professional life that you attribute from learning at Holy Cross?

My ability to learn new material is something I attribute from my Holy Cross education. You will notice that you are an anomaly in most work settings because of your natural intuitive skills. Being able to clearly articulate my thoughts is something I attribute to my background in English.

What is the most important advice you could give a student on obtaining an internship or a job?

Don’t put too much emphasis on landing the “BIG TIME” internship or job. Understand what your strengths and weaknesses are and see where you can be both an asset and sponge. Apply to as many companies as possible. Whether it’s an internship or a job, pick whatever company or industry you feel provides the most stability and education. There will never be a company that’s the absolute perfect fit but make the most out of every opportunity that presents itself. As I mentioned before, spend less time thinking about what you want to do and more time trying out what you think you want to do.

Alumni Career Spotlight: Meghan Summerson

February 20th, 2015 by rimaal17

headshot (1)Name: Meghan Summerson

Graduation Year: 2013

Major: English, with a Creative Writing Concentration and Pre-Med

Job: Marketing Operations Assistant at Scholastic

Industry: Publishing

Favorite Class: It’s hard for me to choose just one! I really enjoyed the upper level English classes I was able to take, particularly the seminar I did on Jane Austen. I also loved my courses focusing on 19th century British literature and all the Creative Writing classes. I had an opportunity to take Screenwriting and learned so much more than I ever thought I would about movies. I have to say Biology as well, just because it was always a passion of mine.

Campus Involvement: Student Health Awareness Peer Educators (SHAPE), Running Club, Sigma Tau Delta, SPUD

College Internship/Work Experience (if you were in Summer Internship Program, Academic Internship Program,other programs): I participated in SIP and did an internship with Nickelodeon for a TV show on Nick Jr. called “Team Umizoomi.”

What were some of the most defining events/opportunities/aspects of your time at Holy Cross?

Without SIP, I am not sure I would have ever moved to New York City. That program definitely shaped my life because I had the opportunity to try something completely new, and it was incredible. It gave me the push I needed to reach outside my comfort zone. From that point on, I knew I was going to New York after graduation. I knew I wanted to do something with education and children, and it ultimately led me to where I am today.

What is one thing someone should be certain to do before they graduate?

Make sure you have your resume ready to send out to potential employers. I would suggest also writing as many cover letters as you can and to take advantage of Career Planning. Have people read your resume and cover letters to get feedback. Before you know it, you’ll be sending out so many of these and you’ll want to feel comfortable and confident. The same thing also goes for interviews. Practice definitely helps! Go to networking events and look at the Career Advisor Network (it’s not so easy once you’ve graduated!). Even just talking to people about what they do might help you narrow down your own interests and aspirations.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out in your field?

Keep an open mind. Any position in publishing, whether it’s editorial or marketing, will teach you so much about the industry. If you’re not sure where exactly you want to be, just apply to everything and go from there. There’s so much opportunity for movement in publishing, and you can really do anything (online game design included!). If you can, try to find a mentor in another department. Their insight and advice will be so valuable to you. Learning about the industry from their perspective will not only broaden your understanding of publishing, but it will help you discover what you might ultimately be interested in.

What skills have you found most useful in your professional life that you attribute from learning at Holy Cross?

Project management is a huge part of my job, and I learned that just from juggling my own homework, activities, and personal life at Holy Cross. Because the course load and studying consumes so much of your time, you have to prioritize and make room for meetings, events, and time with friends. I feel comfortable keeping track of deadlines and schedules at work because I used that type of organization every day in college.

You also interact with alumni and professors so frequently at Holy Cross that you grow accustomed to speaking and writing professionally. I did not feel as intimidated once I started looking for a job because I was so used to corresponding this way.

What is the most important advice you could give a student on obtaining an internship or a job?

Someone once told me, “Don’t stress too much. You will get a job.” I definitely stressed, but they were right. It did happen, and it will happen for you. It might take a while, and sometimes you’ll feel frustrated and scared, but don’t give up. Also, don’t be afraid to say no to a job offer if it doesn’t feel quite right for you. You might apply to so many different jobs and go on so many different interviews, but remember that you’re also looking for a good fit for you. If something just doesn’t feel like the direction you want to go in, it’s ok to wait and try for something else. It’s also ok if you have no idea what you want to do. Any position you end up taking will help lead you to your dream job.

Revive and Refresh your Resume

February 17th, 2015 by rimaal17

Is your resume looking a little dull? Here are 4  tips and tricks we found helpful to boost your resume game!

1.) Job Description

If you can’t seem to describe your job/experience or are having a hard time remembering what you did, Google it. Hit the search tab and Google: “(your job) description” and see how others describe it. Maybe this will give you an idea. For example, this summer I was a hostess, but when I went into the Career Planning Center to add my new experience I couldn’t think of how to describe what I had done.During my meeting a career counselor gave me this simple idea, which is one of the most helpful tips I’ve ever gotten.

2.) Proofread!

You can never overly-check your resume for spelling errors, because spell check will not catch every mistake.

3.) Wording

Use present action verbs for current positions. (ex. “resolve” not “revolved” )

4.) Ordering

Keep your positions organized in reverse-chronological order by END DATE within each section.  Recruiters want to know what you’re currently doing or what you’ve done most recently, so make sure that’s listed first.









Not in SIP? Not a problem.

November 21st, 2014 by kehugh17

The Summer Internship Program (SIP) offers a select group of Holy Cross students the opportunity to work directly with Career Planning employees throughout the year to hopefully attain one of the designated SIP internships for the upcoming summer season.  However, SIP is only one of the resources available to students for finding summer internships.  In reality, Hogan 203 is around to aid students with their various questions concerning applications, potential internships and/or careers whether they are part of SIP or not. I am writing this to give everyone a generalized list of steps that I have learned, both through personal experience and by working in the Career Planning Office, that will help one become a competitive applicant for internships this summer.

 

  1. Use your resources

Come to the Career Planning Center! Drop-in hours are every day from 1pm-4pm, so as long as you are willing to devote 30-40 minutes of your day to sign-in, wait for an available counselor, discuss your queries and schedule any sort of follow ups, then you are taking productive steps to finding an internship. I work in the office every day of the week (except for Wednesday) and I can tell you that I see some students coming into the office multiple times a week, and it definitely pays off (and will if it hasn’t already). And if you need somewhere to begin looking for prospective positions, Crusader Connections and the resources page on the Career Planning site (http://offices.holycross.edu/careerplanning/resources) are a great place to start.  Over 500 internships are posted to Crusader Connections every year that are open to all students!  Plus, you have access to the LACN Internship Database through Crusader Connections, too. Finally, if you feel like drop-in hours don’t provide you with enough time or attention for whatever you need help with, then you can come in and easily schedule an appointment (which can last for up to an hour) with Noriah or Beckey at the front desk.

  1. Perfect your Resume

Keep editing and revising, while maintaining routine trips to the Career Planning office for the advice of our counselors. The mantra you should follow with regard to your resume is ‘practice makes perfect’ because you will never construct the best resume you can the first time around. Your resume is supposed to show employers the best of the best with regard to your past work experiences, education, leadership positions and skills. The more attention you devote to this aspect of your application the better, because it gives employers a holistic view of what you can bring to their company. Personally, I have met with the counselors in Hogan 203 probably around five times total (from the very end of last year to the first few months of this year) solely for critique of my resume. I have found that the more times you bring it in, the better, because chances are you will get multiple views on your resume which allows for different aspects of it to be revised or improved.

  1. Keep applying

If at first you don’t succeed, try again. There is no limit to the amount of places you can apply – this aspect lies solely on your persistence in searching for internships that suit you. Don’t get down on yourself or give up if you don’t get hired for a summer position after your first few applications. There are people out there who sent their resumes to 246182946 companies and still fall short of landing a position, so don’t worry (unless you are actually approaching that arbitrary amount).

  1. Realize what your weaknesses are

This is one of the most important parts of the intern (/job) searching process. As Holy Cross students, we sometimes fail to admit to ourselves what our weaknesses are and what sets us apart from the rest of the applicant pool. Some people are really bad with interviews, some may even have problems with nit-picky grammatical mistakes in their resume or cover letter. Whatever it may be, it is crucial that you figure out what you aren’t the best at, and work towards finding a remedy for those faults. The counselors in Career Planning are there to help you with whatever you need help with! Come in to schedule a mock-interview or to go over your written materials, and the counselors will tell you what (if anything) falls short and how you can mediate those problems.

 

So that concludes the steps that I think are pivotal in searching for potential internships. Again, don’t fret if you weren’t accepted into SIP because you can still find a summer internship perfectly fine, as long as you are committed to the process. With this said, counselors in Hogan 203 don’t discriminate and/or care if you are in SIP or not – as long as you come to the office with your concerns and have the willpower to improve your various application materials, then you should have no problem finding a summer internship.

 

Time Management: Balancing School Work and Planning Your Future

October 31st, 2014 by rimaal17

After the first week of school, as students we become overwhelmed with homework, exams, and school activities. We tend to forget about our future plans (summer internship, winter break activities, applications, networking opportunities, etc.). All of us, whether a freshmen, sophomore, junior,  or senior experience the feeling that we have too much to do, but don’t possibly have enough time to do everything. We find ourselves debating between writing the cover letter for our dream internship or studying for the exam we have in a couple of days. It may seem like we only have one choice, however with these tips we can do both!

calandar1. Create a daily plan 

First make a to-do list with your class assignments and times/location of events to attend. It’s important to have a big monthly calendar to visually see upcoming events, so you are more likely to remember deadlines in advance. Make sure to not only include school assignments but also application deadlines, info-session tables, career fairs, networking events, luncheons, conferences, etc…

It’s important to go to events where you will be able to network with people in the field of your interest, even if it doesn’t land you an internship or a job immediately. Keep in touch and reach out if you find a job or internship at their organization that interests you. The people you meet just might be the ones to connect you to the recruiter or hiring manager for a great internship or job later on.

numbers2. Prioritize 

 

Remember that your goal is to complete the to-do list you made! When making your daily plan, your can list you activities from the most important to the least important. It’s also helpful to check assignments off as you finish; seeing those check marks will keep you motivated to keep going !

Antique pocket watch - closeup on very old pocket watch3. Budget your time 

How much time do you spend doing each assignment/activity? Schedule time to do your work before adding any additional commitments to you schedule. If you don’t think you can apply for something because you schedule looks too busy, simply break it down to bite-sized pieces. Work on an application for 30 minutes a day, bring a first draft into the career planning office for drop-ins another day, fix the errors, and then submit it when you’re ready.

positive4. Positive Thoughts 

Stay calm and collected and know that everything will be okay. Try not to get overwhelmed and slowly take your time finishing your work. Remember, you have a bright future ahead of you! If you need advice on your next step in life come to the career Planning Center.