Tips for Making the Most of Your Summer

The academic year is nearly finished. It was a difficult one, so pat yourself on the back for making it through. You may be starting to think about your summer plans (or lack thereof). Below are a few tips for making the most of your summer. It feels good to set and accomplish goals, so spend some time thinking about where you are in your career exploration journey, what you’d like to accomplish, and who is a part of your support team. Remember that Career Center staff work all summer long and are here to help you! Click here to read about the various ways you can connect with a career coach. 

Make career development itself a goal for the summer.

Did you know that the Career Center offers a free eight-week summer program that you can complete on your own time? If you haven’t read about Praxis yet, I encourage you to do so. Praxis is designed around the top competencies that employers are seeking in entry-level candidates. Each week, you’ll spend time developing a specific skill set. Praxis can be done as your sole summer plan or in conjunction with an internship or job. You can even add this experience to your resume to show employers your commitment to career development.

Sharpen your skill set.

If you don’t feel like you have time to complete a full program, consider choosing a few key areas to develop. A few areas to consider are 1) articulation of skills, interests, and values, 2) networking, and 3) professional document preparation.

  • Are you able to articulate your skills, interests, and values? Being able to do so is crucial for networking and applying for positions and programs of interest. If you need help in this area, consider utilizing Focus2. Focus2 is a major and career exploration platform that will guide you through a series of self assessments. Your assessment results are then matched to career and BC-specific major options. Click here to access Focus2. If this is your first time signing on, you’ll need to complete the form and input the access code “Eagles”.
  • I’m sure one of the reasons you decided to enroll at Boston College is because of the reputable alumni network. However, many students are unclear as to how to access this network. 
  • Use the summer months to build or fine-tune your resume and cover letter. If you aren’t feeling confident about your professional documents, don’t wait until a position of interest is posted to scramble through revisions. Utilize our resume and cover letter writing resources on our website as guides before scheduling a resume/cover letter review appointment. To schedule an appointment complete the following steps:
    • Log in to your Handshake account. 
    • Select “Career Center” and then “Appointments”
    • Click the “Schedule a New Appointment” button. 
    • Choose Resume/Cover Letter Review
    • Select a time that works for your schedule.
    • Fill out the required fields

Note: You will receive a calendar invitation from a career coach with a link to a Google Meet on the day of your appointment.

‚By Julianne Smith, Associate Director, Career Exploration

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