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April 28, 2016

5 Productive Things to Do This Summer

Summer is a beautiful thing. The stress of school takes a three-month hibernation. The first few weeks are always glorious. After a while though, you may find yourself wondering, “How should I spend all this free time?” Here are five productive options besides hitting “play” on the next episode of whatever you're binge-watching on Netflix.

  1. Write your resume. No matter where you’re at in your collegiate career, you can start  working on your resume. The Career Development Center provides a great online tool to help you out: www.geneva.edu/career/students/resume-guide. Write the resume to the best of your ability and drop by the office in the fall to have one of our staff review it!
  2. Start the job search. The schoolwork piles on during the academic year, so it may be hard to think future-oriented. In those summer months, utilize Geneva Job Link at www.genevajoblink.com to check out available jobs. This will provide you with an overview of what positons might be a good fit for you.
  3. Prepare for Grad School/Study for the GRE. If you are looking towards grad school, summer is a great time to begin preparing for the graduate school exam (GRE). A great resource is www.petersons.com/graduate-schools.aspx which provides a list of schools as well as test prep! Also, when you return in the fall, stop by the Career Development Library to check out our grad school resources!
  4. Build your LinkedIn Page. Many of us stay up-to-date with Twitter and Instagram during the school year, but neglect the social media tool of LinkedIn. Take the extra time you have during the summer to update your professional profile. Make sure that you have your most recent resume posted and connect with professionals in your field. In the fall, stop by Career Development to have your head-shot picture taken for a crisp, clean profile!
  5. Job Shadow. If you know a friend or family member in the field you are looking to enter, connect with them to organize a time to spend the day at work with them. This will allow you to begin networking and see how you fit into the field. When you return to Geneva consider taking the MyPlan Career Assessment to determine your personality, interests, skills and work-place values and how these matched up with your job shadowing experience.   

Overall, we know summer is also a time to relax. Spend some time in the sun, laugh with friends and come back to Geneva refreshed and ready for a new year. The Career Development Center will be waiting to greet you when you return!

Grace Marras–Grace Marras ’17, Career Development Student Assistant


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