The Spring Trimester is going to be upon us quickly. While it may seem like a good idea to spend Winter Break fully relaxed and jump back into career-related activities when school starts up again, it’s not a foolproof plan. Because while it might feel like a good decision during syllabus week, when assignments and group projects and midterms start racking up, it might be hard to keep up with everything you have to do. Because academics are so important, it might also make career research less of a priority and you may submit fewer applications. Overall, by not taking advantage of the time you have now by setting aside just a few hours of your day or week to find a job or internship, you’re lessening your chances of getting a really good job! Here’s a general advice piece on how to get an internship, but you might already know all of this as Bentley students. Here are four things to do, aside from generic tips, that’ll let you better ease into your career search during the spring.
- Once you make a list of all of the internships or full-time that you may want, look into each application, and see what you need. When you know what companies allow or require cover letters, you should get tailored ones written before spring classes start.
- Reach out directly to companies, set up networking calls, and use the Bentley network while you have ample time to do so. You may have a break from classes, but in the corporate world, people are still working, so reaching out to them is totally acceptable and, in fact, encouraged. Because you have availability, it may be easier to schedule calls or get advice from Bentley alumni. Just reach out at reasonable hours with questions, make connections on LinkedIn, and utilize CareerEdge resources while you don’t have classes, assignments, and tests to worry about.
- Do everything else. Update all of your resources and profiles. Apply to as many jobs or internships as you can, even if the deadlines are far off. A lot of companies recruit on a rolling basis, meaning that if you apply earlier, you have a greater chance of snatching that job if you’re a good fit rather than if you apply later. Practice your interviewing skills. Get qualifications or do your own industry research. Perhaps even create tailored resumes if you have too many experiences to fit into one.
- At the very least, consider writing out some goals, making timelines, preparing your future application materials, and even applying to a few internships or jobs while you have free time. If you feel like that’s not something you can do on your own, schedule an appointment with your coach via Handshake!
There’s always more to do, as there’s no end to a career journey. The more you accomplish over break, the less you have to worry about later. Besides, wouldn’t it be great to apply, interview, receive and accept an offer, and have a job before classes even start? Imagine how much stress you could save!!!