Ten Ways to Stay Productive During College Breaks

How students can get ahead during breaks and vacations

Coffee HouseAfter weeks of study sessions, group projects and assignments, it’s nice to have a break from schoolwork – and you should take a break. But before the routine of watching movies and scrolling through Pinterest sets in, it’s important not to miss out on the opportunity to get ahead in the search for jobs and internships.

Here is a list of 10 activities to put on your academic break checklist so that you can stay productive in between episodes of your favorite TV shows (for me, it’s Psych and Mad Men).

  1. Update your resume and LinkedIn.
  2. Create or update your online and hardcopy portfolios. (Here’s a list of sites that will host your portfolio for free.)
  3. Search for internships and jobs, and apply for ones with upcoming deadlines.
  4. Research the companies you plan to apply to work for.
  5. Reach out to local professionals for informational interviews. (If you’re a PRSSA member, your nearest PRSA Chapter is a great place to start.)
  6. Get into the habit of regularly reading national and professional news.
  7. Set long- and short-term goals, and create plans for achieving them.
  8. Watch a documentary or read a professional book.
  9. Create Twitter lists of recruiters, companies and industry news outlets.
  10. RelaxNo matter how many things you want to get done during a break, the most important thing to do is take time for yourself. If you don’t, you’ll burn out before classes even start again.
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