Welcome to summer break! The time off from classes makes for the perfect time to do some career planning, and following are some steps you can start with over the break. Remember, our career advising staff will be here all summer to help, so don’t hesitate to contact us!
Explore Your Career Interests
Take advantage of your downtime by exploring career options. Start with a resource like the University of Tennessee’s “What Can I Do With This Major?” website to see what kinds of careers might connect with your area of study. Take your research another step and learn about different kinds of jobs on Inside Jobs. As you narrow down your list, consider setting up informational interviews with professionals in the field. Not only are informational interviews great for learning more about a particular career, they are great for building your professional network.
Prepare for Your Job/Internship Search
Jump start your job or internship search for next year by putting all the pieces in place this summer. Resume need work? Make edits to your resume (or create your resume if you don’t have one yet) and have a career advisor take a look at it. Not in Whitewater this summer? No problem! You can email your resume to us for review – Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and an advisor will respond with feedback.
Once your resume is in tip-top shape, move on to the other phases of the job/internship search. Hopefully, your resume will eventually score you interviews. Be an interviewing master before the time comes by scheduling a mock interview with a career advisor.
Finally, start planning your overall search strategy. There are lots of ways to find an internship or job. And the more tactics you employ, the more likely you’ll be to see success. Again, consulting with one of our career advisors is the perfect way to start.
Save the Date…
Speaking of the job/internship search, be sure to save the date for the 2012 Hawk Career Fair:
- Wednesday, September 26th, Noon to 4:00pm, Williams Center Gym 1.
Connect with UWWCareer
Keep in touch with us this summer through social media. We’ll be sharing helpful information to keep you on track with your career planning: resume/cover letter tips, interviewing advice, job search strategies, and actual job postings.
If you’re at the internship stage, our Internship Coordinator shares internship-specific information on Twitter – @uwwinternships – and on Pinterest – pinterest.com/uwwinternships. And be sure to follow this summer’s intern bloggers on the UWW Internships Blog.
Again, we’re here to help through the summer months. We’re available to meet with you in person, on the phone, using Skype, or via email. The Career & Leadership Development office is open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during the summer. The best way to schedule an appointment is by calling (262) 472-1471.
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