Spring is a great time to make a fresh start and get your future in shape. Dave Landry shares his tips on how to make the most of the year ahead.
1. Stop putting things off
A fresh starts means getting stuck in to your studies. Being a self-starter is a useful skill to have in the workplace too, so developing good habits now will help you later.
Try the following to improve your focus:
- Turn off your smartphone (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
- Create and follow a weekly schedule to get your studies completed on time
- Break tasks into manageable 45-minute sections with a 15-minute break in between
- Reward yourself!
2. Plan your summer
The summer holidays are a great chance to take some practical steps to help get your career on track. Your college or university careers office will have details of internships and summer placements. If there’s a company or organisation that really interests you, check out their website to see if they offer any work experience or other schemes.
Volunteering is another great way to gain valuable job skills. And holiday jobs can really boost your CV too. See if local tourist attractions are looking for summer staff. If you want more of an adventure, a summer season as a holiday rep, children’s entertainer or life guard means you can travel, gain work experience and get paid at the same time.
Opportunities are often advertised early in the year, so start planning your summer now to get the most from your holidays.
3. Network your heart out
In today’s job market, people often hear about jobs through people they know, so building your network now can give you a real advantage when you finish your course.
Start with your classmates. They may be a source of future career opportunities so making connections on Facebook or LinkedIn now is a great way to stay in touch.
Go to a jobs fair. Even if you don’t know what you want to do when you finish your studies, jobs fairs will help you discover what’s out there and get a feel for different companies. You can establish links with their HR or recruiting teams too.
If you’ve already got some career ideas, talk about them to your tutors or family friends – you never know what tips or advice you will pick up.
Dave Landry Jr. lives in Calafornia and is a personal finance manager and education counsellor. Connect with Dave on Twitter at @DaveLandryJr