Winter break is a great time for friends and family, but it can also be a great time to get ahead in one’s future career. While students should definitely take time during their winter break to relax, this is also a great time to find activities that will enhance their future. Here I will describe some of the best ways to make the most of one’s winter break.
Go to the library
All throughout the school year, students have set criteria of things they must learn in order to graduate. Having a break during the winter season means that students can learn about whatever they want to learn, and the best place to go to find great resources is your public library. If there is something specific that you want to get into upon graduation, why not start investigating now.
While winter break is not that long a period of time to dive into an internship, there are some that are specifically designed for this short period of time. Even if one cannot find an internship for this break, this is always a great time to start looking for one for the summer. While it may seem like one is thinking too early about this, finding the perfect internship takes time. Start searching early and find one that you feel you will benefit most from. A great website to narrow down your internship search is www.internships.com.
There is nothing more rewarding than volunteering for the holidays. While the idea of volunteering may seem a bit random, this is a fun and easy way to get a peek into a certain industry. Volunteering is something that is always going on, and looks great on the resume. For example, if you are a fashion major, volunteering for fashion week in the fall is always a great opportunity, plus it looks great on a resume. The holiday season is usually chocked full of volunteer opportunities so even if you have never volunteered anywhere else before, there is plenty to choose from. A great website to go to for volunteer opportunities is www.volunteermatch.org.
Part time job
While working a part time job may not seem too advancing in one’s future, there are many opportunities to further one’s career through a part time job. If one is interested in the culinary arts, then a job as a cook in a restaurant or a cake decorator in a grocery store could be a great stepping stone. If you are interested in a certain field it is good you get as much experience as possible in that field to add to your resume. A great website to check for employment is www.groovejob.com since they cater directly to students who are looking to work during winter break.
There are many opportunities that one can find to better prepare themselves for their future, even when they are taking a break from school. Just be sure to remember that those who look for opportunities advance while everyone else takes a break are the ones who get the careers they actually want. J