As with films, if something’s good, it’s worth repeating! So here’s a very similar message to one I’ve posted in previous years – (and Guardian Careers (also repeating its annual Christmas Q&A session on 16th Dec) has very similar messages in its Christmas Q&A session on making the most of your Christmas to boost your career – plus some great pics of Christmas holiday jobs – from Elf to bunny-sitter!)
So, exams are over, the end of semester and the year is nigh, the festive season is almost upon us, time to celebrate certainly, and also a good time for reflection – and resolutions. Once the parties are over, presents shared, Christmas fare devoured, there’s time to sit down and think about where you are heading during your studies and beyond.
Whatever academic year you’re in, it’s good to reflect on where you’re at with thinking about your future, and what you can be doing to further your progress. If you need help getting started, read the Year by Year information via our website for inspiration on what you should be doing at different stages in your university career.
It’s also a good time for some home-grown career research into different job areas – all those aunts/uncles/cousins/family friends that tend to appear in your homes over the festive period?! Use them for your research! Have a few career-questions to drop into your conversations – eg highs and lows of their job, top 3 tips for getting into this area etc (see our Information Interviewing section for more ideas for questions). You never know what you may uncover.
If you become bewildered by the vast amount of careers information out there, from your own personal research or our occupations information, and need a bit of help making sense of it all – take a look at our video, for a walk-through of our resources.
So, enjoy the rest, relaxation and festivities, and then get down to some serious post-Christmas career-reflection and resolutions, to:
- get some more experience,
- investigate more career options,
- research different types of employers,
- discover vacancies,
- improve that CV,
- hone your interview skills
– whatever works for you at this stage!
This is my last post for 2016, so farewell till 2017, enjoy the break, respite from studies, and your festivities, and I’ll look forward to being back in touch with you all in semester 2.