While I always value the idea of being thankful for what you have, this post will not be synonymous with the plethora of posts this week on that very topic. I want to talk about how to take a few hours out of your Thanksgiving break to set yourself up for a great next semester and an even better summer. This break presents some unique opportunities to advance your career, and my goal is to give you a few ways to make that happen over Thanksgiving.
Brainstorm on Organizations– In the hectic day to day activities of school work, it is hard to find some quiet time to brainstorm on the organizations or people that you would like to work under. Thanksgiving break gives you that chance to sneak away to your room or another quiet spot to start building your list. Don’t restrict yourself in this stage of the process. If it comes to mind, write it down. This list is a good catalyst to building momentum for your internship search.
Think People– While you are taking some time to build your list of organizations, try to think of some people that are in your network that either work for those organizations or might know someone that does. This is the list you will fall back on to set up quick coffee meetings with over Christmas break. These are people that you would enjoy sitting down with and seeking advice from.
That One Person– Think of the one person that you really look up to for what they are doing or have accomplished. Take a few minutes to email them for advice. You never know what impact that advice might have on your life trajectory.
Clean Up Your Resume– This is a good time to have family and friends review your resume to give you constructive feedback. Remember that your resume is often times the first impression that employers have of you. Most employers will see your resume before they get the chance to meet or talk with you. You want to have a great first impression, and you do that by having a very clean resume.
Set Up A Plan– Put pen to paper on mapping out a plan for your internship search. Strategize on how many out bound inquiries you want to send out in a week, who those contacts will be, how can I utilize my career development office and the progress points you need to be hitting along the way to get the internship that you want.
Lastly in the spirit of Thanksgiving, think of 3 people that have positively impacted your life and thank them. There is a reason I dedicated an entire chapter to this in the book.