Make the Most of Your Spring Break

March 13, 2017

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Make the Most of Your Spring Break

Spring break has arrived! We know you've been working hard this semester, so we hope you get time to relax and enjoy your break. It could also be a good time to make some moves on your internship or job search. Don't forget that we're open during the break, and career counselors are available for in-person, phone, or Skype appointments. You can schedule a 30-minute session by calling 212-854-5609.

Here are some tips for reaching your career goals during the break:

1. Research Areas of Interest

Not sure what type of field you want to gain experience in? Sit down with some of our quick paper-and-pencil assessments to start identifying your skills, interests, values, and personality traits. You can also start researching specific industries or organizations that sound interesting to you by using research tools like Vault or Wetfeet, or learn how your major connects to different career paths. Remember to check our events calendar to see which employers might be coming to campus in the coming months. 

2. Prepare Your Materials

Update your resume and LinkedIn profile to reflect your most recent internship, volunteer, research, or leadership experiences. See resume samples in the Career Planning Guide and get advice from the Resume and Cover Letter Writing webshop. Watch our LinkedIn 101 webshop on how to write a great profile and get started on the site.

3. Identify Networking Opportunities

Set a goal of connecting with 1-3 contacts over the break. These can be new people (such as Columbia alumni) that you find through LinkedIn, or people in your existing network. Ask your family members, friends, former coworkers or teachers, etc. to introduce you to someone in a field you find interesting or want to work in. Review the networking section of our Career Planning Guide for tips on informational interviewing.

4. Apply to Positions

If you’re ready to apply to internships or jobs, search LionSHARE for positions of interest. You can also use CCE’s Industry Exploration pages to identify industry-specific job boards and resources in your field, or use aggregate search engines like Indeed.com or SimplyHired.com.