- Build/Update Your Resume & LinkedIn: Editing your resume and linked in is time-consuming and sometimes tedious. It's hard to carve out time during the semester to do this so take some time when you're home and especially when you've spent time reflecting on what you're looking for and what you offer.
- Become an Expert: Sign up for newsletters. Create Google Alerts. Read articles. Learn as much as you can about companies, what's going on in industries and ecosystems, etc. The more you learn about an ecosystem, the better equipped you are to pave your path and to be a dazzling interviewee.
- Explore Jobs: It might sound dull, but this is the best way to see what types of jobs are out there, what those jobs entail and what skills are essential. Interested in design? Product Management? Go check them out and see where your interests and skills fit.
- Check Out Your University's Alumni Database: Another thing we never make time for - checking out the alumni database. This is an awesome opportunity to start building your network and capitalize on the network that comes along with being a college student. Use the information you gathered from tips 2 & 3 to know who to look for and use this research to build a pipeline for tip 5.
- Informational Interviews/Shadowing: Know someone with a cool job? Take them to coffee or lunch and pick their brain. Ask if you can come by the office to see where they work and what a "day in the life" looks like. Make sure you have some thoughtful questions to ask. Pro tip: check out the person's LinkedIn to see what their career path has been because this could inform some of your questions.
As always, when you rely on other people for time, advice, etc. make sure to send a quick thank you note. Good luck!
Wishing you all a happy, restful and productive break from the TechGen team!