Ohio University Office of Career Services

Making the Most of your Summer Break by Alyse K

While many of you cannot wait until summer to hang out with friends and enjoy the liberation that comes with the summer break, there are many activities that you can involve yourself with that will help you with your career and professional development this summer.

Summer Internships are one way to gain some full time experience in the field you are interested in working in. Usually you would want to start your summer internship search in the Fall or Winter Quarters but it is not too late to still find a summer internship. Visit Career Insider in Bobcat CareerLink and download the Vault Guide to Top Internships for useful information on finding a summer internship. You can also visit Yahoo! Yellow Pages and search for different companies in the region you are going to be in during the summer and inquire to see if they have anything available.

Volunteering is another way you can build up your transferable skills during the summer and make some connections with people you might not otherwise meet. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and you can even spend your summer volunteering abroad. You can also search locally for volunteer opportunities at Volunteer Match. There you can search for volunteer locations specific to where you will be spending your summer.

If you are thinking about going to graduate school, then summer is a great time to start your research on what academic programs you might be interested in and work on the requirements for those programs. If you need to take a standardized test for an academic program you can enroll in a preparation class for that exam during the summer. You can also visit the schools that you are interested in applying to and gain a better idea of what the campus environment is like.

Summer school is also a viable option for improving your transferable skills during the summer. Remember that you obtain transferable skills even in the classes you take, so if you are looking to acquire a new skill, learn a new language, or just enroll in something fun; summer school is a great opportunity to meet new people and explore what you think you are interested in.

While summer is a great time to relax, hang out, and distress from a year from school, remember not to let that time go to waste because there are plenty of activities that you can partake in that will improve your transferable skills and improve your marketability as you search for a job in the future.

—Tommy Raimondi, Spring Practicum Student


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