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The semester is over, now get to work!

The semester is over and the holiday season is here.  Oh so many things to celebrate!  First of all, good job on surviving the semester.  You are free to congratulate yourself, partake in a little Christmas cheer, and bring in the New Year.   Just remember not to turn yourself off completely.  You’ve got plenty to do.

Whether this is your first or last semester in college, all classmen have a responsibility for their future at all times.  To the freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, grad students, it is never too early to get started on preparing yourself for graduation and the job or internship search that follows.

Lucky for you, Loyola’s SOC and Career Development Center are ready to help you with all of that.  We have tons planned for you in the New Year.  In the mean time, try balancing your holiday R&R with a little hard work.  Here are a few more ideas of how to productively spend your holiday break:

  • Informational Interviews: You know what people say about information and knowledge; it’s power.   Obtaining this kind of power requires dialogue between you and an employer in your field of interest.  Do some research on industry professionals in your area or close by, and see if you can schedule an appointment.  You may or may not have attended an interview before, but the key is to be as prepared as possible.  Jot down some questions.   Make sure you know as much as you can about the person and the company.  This goes without saying, but it never hurts to repeat: Follow-up the interview with a thank you and stay in touch.
  • Look Outside the Corporate Box and go Nonprofit: Perhaps you have imagined yourself living the corporate dream after graduation.  A lot of future grads do.  You’ve seen the movies and TV shows: You in a nice suit, private office with a view.  While it’s fantastic that you’re visualizing your future, why not also think about an alternate route to success, such as going nonprofit?  Aside from being highly rewarding, advantages of this sector include adopting varied and sometimes international business skills, working your way up in a small working world, obtaining multiple transferable skills, and you could potentially be changing the world for the better.  There are a lot of nonprofit career sites out there.  Take a look and see if there are any positions that suit you.

Want to make sure you’re in the know? Stay tuned to this blog for the most up-to-date information regarding Career Week events, the Job & Internship Fair, tips on how to work the room at a career event, giveaways and more! Join the conversation on the SOC Facebook Page (Loyola University Chicago School of Communication) or on Twitter at @Loyola_SoC. We’ll use #SOCCareer to chat about upcoming career events.