Have you taken the time to think about what you might do this summer? We often get so caught up in the grind of the semester that when a break comes along, we find ourselves at a bit of a loss. With those warm summer months quickly approaching now is the time to start considering how you might pair a little bit of professional preparation with all that summer fun!
So where do you get started? ASU’s Career and Professional Development Services (CPDS) is here to assist with newly updated Career Milestones. Milestones are simple, easy to follow career to-do’s. They include recommended steps every student should take before graduation to become career ready.
The best part? They’re more than just a checklist. Milestones provide suggestions for resources, activities and events to take advantage of and are tailored depending on your career interests.
So make your summer count! Whether you’re looking forward to getting outdoors, sitting poolside, or finally having time to binge the latest Netflix hit,be sure to also make some time to check out Career Milestones on the ASUApp or on the Campus Services or Resources tab on your MyASU portal.
Below are a few of the milestones we recommend checking off your list this summer!
Reflect on your interests
The summer usually means you at least have a bit more time to take a step back and really consider your goals and interests. Remember, your major is just one piece of the larger puzzle. Take some time to review our Career Interest Communities to see which types of opportunities really speak to you and your longer-term career goals.
Activate (and complete!) your Handshake Profile
Handshake is the #1 way college students get hired. But it’s not just for those nearing graduation. The time to start considering your future goals is now, and with Handshake, you can search for jobs and internships, find career-related events, explore organization profiles and get an inside look at employers and jobs through student reviews.
In order to get the most accurate information and communication, it’s important to activate your profile (you already have one waiting for you with your email@example.com login) and make sure it is updated with your career interests, education, skills and more.
And here’s our not-so-secret-secret: Recruiters are way more likely to reach out to someone with a completed profile...5x more likely in fact. So what are you waiting for? Activate your account, populate your profile and start exploring!
Get that resume updated
If you don’t have a resume, you’ve come to the right place! Our website has tons of resources to get you started including helpful videos, handouts and even sample resumes.
Once you have a draft of your resume put together, you can connect with our staff to have it reviewed. Either attend our drop-in hours to meet with a member of our team or submit your materials to Resume Dropbox. You’ll receive feedback in 3-5 business days--faster than that family road trip your parents are bent on taking.
Professional experience can mean a lot of things: study abroad, part-time jobs, internships, volunteering, job shadows and research, just to name a few. What’s important is that you find experience in your areas of interest in order to gain transferable skills and build your professional network. Hint: Handshake can be a great place to start looking for opportunities.
Build Your Network
The importance of a strong professional network cannot be overstated, but it shouldn’t be overwhelming either. You can start small, by doing a short informational interview with a staff member at an organization you're interested in or scheduling a quick chat with one of the hundreds of volunteer mentors on the ASU Mentor Network (you have an account waiting to be activated). Again, our website has videos, articles, and other resources to get you started.
So what are you waiting for? We have made it easy for you to find time for some summer fun but also some professional growth.
And remember, we are here to support you year-round, whether in-person or virtually.
By Julia Tebben, Assistant Director, Service Delivery and Strategic Initiatives, Career and Professional Development Services