I am sure everyone has been looking forward to the long-awaited Easter break. Not just for some extra time off to focus on work, but for the easing of COVID restrictions for all of us. However, this means that its important to stay focused during this time on getting career and future ready.
But don’t worry, I have some ways for you to remain active in your career search whilst still staying on top of work!
1. Create Goals
It can be easy to get overwhelmed so its good to get your goals down in front of you, making sure they are achievable with the time you have. You could also create a timeline or smart calendar or even a vision board to help you organise how to achieve your milestones. Doing these small things over the Easter break to help you stayed prioritised will keep you on track and focused with your academic workload and career finding.
2. Get your CV Checked
This is also a good chance to make sure your CV is up to date with anything you’ve done during the past 2 terms at University. After making sure your CV includes everything important about you and your experience, it is a good idea to get it checked by the Careers Team before you go on to apply for any placements or graduate jobs in summer term.
3. Practice Interviews
Practicing interviews is important because it can help you feel more confident and comfortable during the real interview and it will help you prepare for any answers that might be thrown at you. You can practice by booking appointments with the Careers Team or even just with family and friends. Prepare an interview space, some interview questions to rehearse and ask for feedback. Some key questions that are likely to come up are: tell me about yourself? Why do you want to work for our company? What previous experience do you have for this specific role? Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?
4. Catch up on Webinars or YouTube videos
Its always good to keep up to date with the industry or sector you want to go into and a good way to do this is by attending external, and usually free, webinars or watching YouTube videos. Your interviewer will be looking for things that make you stand out and being able to bring up current issues surrounding your role responsibilities will show you are enthusiastic and committed to going that step further.
Whilst it is important to stay career focused and catch up on any work for University, its vital that you also use the time to recuperate and rest. Take some time to go for a long walk or meet up with your friends at a park or even just take the evening off to a watch a movie you’ve been wanting to see for a while. Your mental health is as important as your physical wellbeing so listen to your body and try to still use the break to destress.