“I don’t have time to _________.” Fill in the blank.
Right now mine would read, “I don’t have time to blog.”
I received an email from the “blog police” at PC, (you know who you are) letting me know it had been something like 4 weeks since my last blog post. It was a gentle reminder, but I could read between the lines. She was telling me “THE TIME IS NOW” to blog. No more excuses. At the time I was shocked to learn it had been that long since I last blogged. Where had the time gone?! And that was two weeks ago…
The good news is, the world didn’t end. People’s lives weren’t turned upside down by my lack of blogging. No one complained to my boss. I guess that’s why it’s the thing that I let slip, I knew deep down that more important things needed my attention. And that’s pretty much my time management strategy right now. Do the most important things, and get to the others as you can. The trick is knowing which things are important, hence my true blog topic below.
“It’s now time to __________.” Fill in the blank.
Right now mine would read, “it’s now time to blog.”
For most sophomores and juniors, yours should read, “it’s now time to begin looking for a summer internship.”
For many seniors, yours should read, “it’s now time to begin my job search.”
If those statements seem overwhelming, don’t worry. I’m going to break it down into steps to help make it less daunting.
Create or update your resume. Go online or come to Slavin 108 and get a resume guide first.
Have your resume checked during daily Quick Question Hours before sending out to an employer.
Decide where you are in your job or internship search. I find most student fall into one of two categories.
Category 1. I just need to start looking at job or internship openings and network with others in a career field or organization I am interested in, so I can start applying.
Category 2. I have no idea what I want to do, where to start looking, how to start looking, why to start looking, who I want to be, what I want to do with my degree…etc.
No matter which category you find yourself in, the best thing for you to do is call the Center for Career Education & Professional Development at 401-865-1290 and make an appointment to see a Career Advisor. That’s it. Just come in and talk to us. We will give you the tools and knowledge you need to get started, no matter where you are in your search.
This is entirely dependent on what you do after your meeting with a Career Advisor. It could be LinkedIn, eFriars, Indeed, Idealist, ONET, Alumni-Student Networking Nights in January, Gradschools.com (because you realized grad school was an option!) and the list goes on. The point is we can help you get to step 4.
Right now, all you have to do is get started on Step 1 and 2.
THE TIME IS NOW.
And for those of you like me, who look ahead to the few weeks or months and think, “How am I going to get everything done that I need to do???” I’ve listed some resources on time management below that may be helpful.
1. Office of Academic Services has some great time management strategies on their webpage.
2. Book by Jill Farmer that’s supposed to be life changing, called “There’s Not Enough Time…and other lies we tell ourselves.” It’s been on my reading list for over a year.
I bookmarked all of these so I can read them when I have time…