You’ve made it to the end of another semester, but now what? Summer is a great time to relax and also to engage in some professional development. Below you’ll find 3 activities to make the most of your summer break.

1. Internships & Part-Time Jobs

Think you want to be a vet? Or go on tour with a rock band? Or run social media for a political campaign? The best way to learn more about careers is to gain experience in the field. Internships can be paid, unpaid, part-time, or full-time, and can be anywhere from a few weeks to a few years. You’ll get training and gain insight to the ins and outs of what those jobs look like on a daily basis. Internships and part-time jobs are a great investment into your professional future.

 2. Volunteering & Shadowing

If your summer is busy or you don’t have regular time that you can commit to a summer job or internship, consider seeking out volunteer opportunities. You’ll have the opportunity to learn more about a career path and develop contacts for information, advice, and assistance in career planning and job searching.

 3. Market Yourself

Just as you should be doing you research on employers, they’re going to do their research on you. Think about cleaning up your social media presence or making certain accounts private. You can highlight your academic and professional accomplishments with a free LinkedIn profile too. It’s never too early to get started. Check out these tips to creating a great profile: Building a LinkedIn Profile.

For those incoming First Year students, explore the things you’re passionate about! You may have a road trip planned with your friends or family, or perhaps you plan on spending your time off relaxing at home. Either way, summer is a great opportunity to explore new things. Coach a little league team, volunteer at the local hospital, write some new songs with your band, or dig into that book you’ve wanted to read but didn’t have time to during the school year.

If you’re looking for a little guidance or aren’t sure what’s available near home, let us help! The Career Development Center is open all summer, Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:45pm. If you’re not in New Orleans, we can schedule an appointment over the phone or via Skype. To set up some time to chat, call 504-865-3860 and let us know what you’d like to speak about.

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