Hooray for Winter Break!

I don’t know how you feel, but this semester seemed to fly by faster than ever before. It has been a busy semester in Career & Leadership Development, but it’s all a good kind of busy. Just like you, we appreciate the short break between semesters. Amidst taking some time off, many of us will use the break to tackle projects that demand our full attention.


Over your winter break, you might wish to do the same. Have you been putting off career-related projects because of work, classes, or your social life? Winter break is the perfect time to do some of this work. Here are some ideas for your to-do list:

Do your career homework. Homework?? On break?! Don’t worry, this “assignment” should be enjoyable. Take time over the break to make some decisions on your career direction and the next steps you should take. If you are at the point of trying to decide on a major, explore the career possibilities linked to the majors you are considering. Then, do a little more research on the careers that sounds interesting. Start developing a Plan A, B, and C for career paths.

Develop a career plan for the spring semester. Without overloading yourself with too much to do during the spring semester, identify a few things you can easily accomplish that will get you closer to your career goal. The beginning point for creating your plan is understanding what employers in your field will be looking for in new hires. Here are some ideas for gaining the skills and background employers will be seeking:

Need more ideas? Check out this post from YouTern: Your Back-to-School Checklist Will Never Be the Same

Work on all of those traditional career tasks we tend to put off for later. Add content to your resume (or start writing it if you don’t have one). Spend time building or improving your LinkedIn profile. Create and order networking cards. Whether looking ahead to summer internships or that first job out of college, you’ll want all of these pieces in place for applications, career fairs, networking events, etc.

If you are working on any of these things over the break and have questions, we are still here to help. Our counselors and advisors are taking appointments, and most of us are open to phone appointments, too. You can also email us, which works particularly well for resume reviews. Just contact Career & Leadership Development at 262-472-1471 to schedule an appointment or find our direct contact information here.

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About Laura Morrow-Jacobs

Laura Morrow-Jacobs, Career Consultant/Marketing Specialist with Career & Leadership Development at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, advises UW-Whitewater students pursuing internships and assists employers with UW-Whitewater intern recruitment. Laura is a firm believer in the importance of career-related work experience, having benefited from it personally. As a graduate student, she completed three internships, and she was even gaining what turned out to be career-related experience as an undergrad through three separate student leader positions. She hopes that all students pursue some form of career-related work experience before graduation. In her opinion, it is never to early to start preparing - even beginning to plan as early as freshman year! Laura loves to discuss internship search strategies with students and is excited to hear about students’ successes in their internships. UW-Whitewater students are doing amazing work! Laura has been a professional at UW-Whitewater since 2006. She has been a member of the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) and participant in the NSEE Experiential Education Academy. She is also active with the Milwaukee Area College Internship Consortium (MACIC), currently serving as Web Manager and having held leadership positions as Secretary, President-Elect, and President. Laura graduated from UW-Madison with a BA in french and political science. She received her master’s degree in counseling from UW-Whitewater.