What Are Your Summer Plans? I Have No Plans And I Am ______

No matter how you filled in the blank the Center for Career Development can help you out, and, depending on how much effort you put in, the summer of 2017 could be your best summer yet! (or at least it can be your best effort at adulting)

What are your summer plans? I have no plans and I am PANIC STRICKEN.

Don’t be. Now, that is easier said than done, we know. For some panicking is a good first step to realizing you might have to put in more effort. Time keeps moving on no matter how much you procrastinate. Finals will be over and your dorm room will be packed up in a few short weeks. Sad, we know this too. But, in these few short weeks left on the Hill you can accomplish A LOT. For example, if you are panicking because you feel you do not have time to stop by our office during drop in hours (M-F 1-4pm & W 10am-12pm) with everything else you have going on we have a ton of resources available online. So plug in your headphones and watch a few videos, or evaluate your job search strategy.

What are your summer plans? I have no plans and I am ALREADY EXHAUSTED.

If you are feeling exhausted it could be because you are not setting yourself up for success. If your heart beats faster every time someone says “summer” and the image that comes to mind is your email inbox filled with “Thank you for applying, but sorry this position is filled”, take a deep breathe. First, congrats on applying to positions in the first place! Applying is a huge step in the process of landing a summer internship. Second, stop by our office or set up an appointment to meet with us and we can chat about what you have been doing and what we can change to land that dream job or internship.

What are your summer plans? I have no plans and I am OK WITH THAT FACT.

You have worked hard all year, you do deserve a break. Take time to adjust to being back at home and not having homework. BUT, remember, things lead to things. So, start doing things. The easiest thing you can do is log in to Crusader Connections and search for an internship or job. Right now there are over one hundred positions with deadlines this month alone. Your first application might be slow going. You have to get your resume in order and your cover letter tailored to the employer, but remember… things lead to things. Experience matters come this time next year when your resume could either be a skimpy double-spaced page or an impressive single-spaced, experience-filled page.

What are your summer plans? I have no plans and I am NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO TELLING MY PARENTS THAT.

Some advice if your parents are on your case about summer; do not make excuses as to why you do not have plans. Your parents want to see you succeed. More immediately they do not want to see you standing in front of the open fridge just staring at it every summer day. Why not spend your summer days riding a bike (apply by 5/5/17), or on an island (apply by 5/31/17).

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