Friday, May 10, 2013

Your Summer Break


What should you be doing during your summer break?

During the summer most students, myself included, usually check-out of school. They just had yet another difficult semester and any talk of school and the upcoming Fall semester usually returns a stop-talking face. However, let me tell you there can be a significant benefit to thinking about your career path. By investing some time into your personal career development you are making a direct investment in yourself.

Fall is a big recruiting season for most firms across the country. Many will be traveling to campuses and will be hosting information sessions about their companies. Also many application deadlines for top-notch summer internships are due towards the end of the fall semester. This means that if you want to be competitive for the recruiting season and land your dream job/internship you should spend some time over the summer getting prepared. One of the best things is that it doesn’t require any calculus, statistics, accounting or anything that brings up impressions of work. Everyone’s fall semester is busier than they expected during the summer and you don’t want to get caught the night before an application is due trying to throw together a resume and practicing your interview skills.

How should you get started? Well let me tell you… head on over to the Anderson Career Services Office and make an appointment! Kate Williams, the career services advisor, will take care of you and help you setup your personal professional development plan. Come with questions, ideas, and any drafts you have. Don’t worry if you don’t have anything at all, there is no better time to start than now! Some things to think about are what do you want to be doing in the future? Kate has many ideas and lots of helpful advice to help you start your path of professional development.

I had the opportunity to work with the Anderson Career Services Office this past summer and it was an all-around great experience. Kate helped me to setup my resume by showing me how to better use my experience and my skills to my advantage on paper. We talked about everything from how to get my resume noticed by a recruiter to how to introduce myself at an interview. Everything that we went over made me much more confident going into all of the “Brand You” Events and the Career Fair in the fall. So trust me taking time to work on your professional development really pays off in the end.

Summer is such a huge opportunity for Anderson Students to set themselves up for success at all of the career services events over the course of the year and remember that one of the best ways to get a job that you love is to prepare ahead of time. Anderson provides many resources for their students and it’s up to you to take advantage of them, trust me they truly help!

Frankie Gonzales is currently working on a BBA in Finance from Anderson. Frankie can be reached at

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