Summer, Summer, Summertime

Lashauna Harris

The school year is almost over and we are all looking forward to summer. It’s time to kick back, relax, and recover from exams and classes.  Even more importantly it’s the perfect opportunity to get a leg up in your career development. There are so many options for how you can spend your summer productively and have fun doing it- hopefully!!!

Grades didn’t turn out so well????

Maintaining your GPA can be difficult and is usually an issue that every college student struggles with at one point. Exams are coming up and your grade may be depending on them. If the situation doesn’t turn out as planned, don’t be bummed, look at it as an opportunity. You can always register for a class more interesting, earn a good grade, and raise your GPA. On the other hand if the class is a requirement use grade replacement. The universe has granted you a second chance, so give it another shot!

Just looking for some extra money????

With school being out, we have tons of free time, and what’s better to do than earn a little cash. Working a summer job kills two birds with one stone- you get a paycheck and you earn experience to list on your resume. Sign up now for the University Career Center’s Job Location and Development (JLD) program and start looking for part-time positions. It’s an opportunity to connect with local employers, gain transferrable skills, and earn an average of ten bucks per hour. Who wouldn’t take advantage of it?

Need experience in your major????

One of the most important things a student can do over the summer in preparation for finding a full-time position is to get experience in their major. Employers love to see that you already have experience in the field you’re going into. A summer internship is an awesome way to spend your summer. Not only will you gain career-related experience, but you will also set yourself apart from other candidates. This can increase your chances of getting the job that you want later on. Register for the University Career Center’s Experiential Learning Program to get access to some amazing opportunities.

Graduating and still haven’t found a job????

The job search can be quite a long process. Haven’t found a job? That’s ok, don’t be discouraged. There are other opportunities out there. One that many students are taking advantage of recently is graduate school.  (Just add a sentence here about making sure that a graduate degree fits in/makes sense for their career plans – or personal goals.  I agree it’s a good option for those wanting a graduate degree eventually, but we don’t want students racking up a bunch of grad school loans earning a degree they don’t need just because they couldn’t find a job!) Take the summer off and then hop right back into the swing of things, but this time earn a graduate degree. A few things that you can utilize your time for are taking standardized tests (GMAT, GRE, etc.), requesting transcripts and letters of recommendation, and writing personal statements. This way by the end of the summer you have most of your application materials out of the way, and you’re ready to apply. You should be able to meet round one admission application deadlines, typically in October or November, without a problem. Having your application reviewed in the first round of applications usually means you are judged against fewer people- so the odds are in your favor! See things are looking up after all.

These are all excellent ways to spend your summer and whatever you decide to be sure to have fun doing it. It’s important to be productive, but all work and no play, AIN’T THE WAY. Enjoy your summer 49ers!

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