Hello everyone! Do you have a lot of free time and don’t know what to do? Now that summer break is officially underway, ABSA has some ideas to help you stay productive.
Here are some key tips to take advantage of your time during the summer.
1. Work on building your resume
One of the tips we have is to focus on building any skills to add to your resume. Learning programs or tools, such as Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint can all be useful to showcase on your resume to future employers. LinkedIn Learning is another resource to find a variety of courses to enhance your skills. You can browse through the content available to gain more knowledge, ranging from interview prep to project management.
2. Take a summer class
If you don’t have a lot of plans, one way to get ahead is to take a summer course. By taking a class over the summer, it gives you the opportunity to earn more credits. You could also be able to graduate earlier than planned or ensure that you are staying on track in your degree program. It can make your course load during the regular school year less heavy and more spread out. In addition, fewer students usually attend summer classes which means smaller class sizes would allow for more focused attention from professors. The classes may feel more laid back as well. Overall, if you are able to, taking a summer class can have many benefits.
3. Explore internship opportunities
Taking time over the summer to research internships is another way to stay productive. If you’re unsure of where to get started, the UW Career Center is a place that provides helpful resources to look through. By starting your research early on, you can be more prepared to apply to internships over the course of your college journey.
4. Get a job
Even if your job is not directly related to business, you can definitely apply the skills you learn from it. Practical job experience is beneficial for teaching and developing soft skills, such as teamwork, communication, and leadership. Employers look for those who have some prior experience in a work environment whether you work as a cashier or tutor.
5. Reconnect with family and friends
It’s important to maintain a healthy school-life balance. During the pandemic, many of us have felt disconnected from others so spending quality time catching up with those you haven’t seen in a while is enjoyable. Whether you have a FaceTime or Zoom call or meet up for lunch, hanging out with friends will boost your mood and motivation.
With these tips in mind, we hope you can find ways to utilize your time over the summer. Remember that we are here to support you. As always, stay safe and healthy, and we hope to see you soon! Take care and we wish you a wonderful summer break!