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Spring break is one of the highlights of a college career. Fun in the sun with your besties by your side – what could be better? And if you’re a graduating senior this year, it’s also the last break in schoolwork you’ll have prior to graduation. So is there a way to enjoy your holiday AND use it as a springboard for your future? We sure think so. Keep reading to learn the three things we wish we had done to maximize our Spring breaks.
One way to get the most out of your Spring break is to think of it like an experiment. Maybe you’ve always dreamed of living abroad, but weren’t sure where to go. Why not test the waters with a mini trip to a locale you are considering? If you like it, great. If you don’t like it, then you haven’t risked too much to find that out.
Another way to “test the waters” is with a short internship or by shadowing someone in a position you are interested in. Shadowing in particular can be as short as a single day and offer you an inside glimpse into a potential career path. Remember: finding out what you don’t want to do is just as valuable as finding out what you do want to do. So don’t be shy about booking a few of these in varying fields.
Spring break means time away from the grind of heavy course loads, exams, and semi-living in the university library. So when we suggest learning something new – we really mean learning a skill outside of your studies.
Sometimes the best mental break is not napping on your parent’s sofa. No, sometimes the best way to relax your brain is to use it in a different way. Sign up for an art class. Go to a painting party with your friends. Search your local community college for a fun 1-2 day class. Who knows…you may even learn a skill that can help you in your adult life!
Another avenue to pursue over your break is taking the time to think, plan, and take action towards your future career goals. One option here is to book interviews for summer internships. These might require travel, so booking them during a break is perfect.
If you are a graduating senior, why not book some job interviews? That feeling of “What’s next?” can be daunting. Getting out in front of it can help the last months of your senior year be far more enjoyable because you’ve taken the time to plan and prepare your next steps.
What if you still don’t know what you want to do? Well a simple option is to make plans to sit down with a few people over break (think family friends and professionals you admire) and ask them to share their personal work experiences. One of the best ways to learn is from listening to people who have traveled the path before you. You may not uncover your dream career, but you may learn some valuable tips and advice in the process.
They say that hindsight is 20/20 and if we could give our college selves some advice it would be to try to incorporate some of these items over our school breaks. What are your plans for Spring break this year? Will you have your sights set on some future planning or is it pure relaxation time? Let us know in the comments below!