During undergrad you probably spent the Winter Break catching up with family, traveling or binge-watching some current show, like ‘Downton Abbey’, that you didn’t have time to commit to during your finals. But now you’re an adult, right? Now, you might actually have to work over the break, you may have family commitments, etc. And if you’re working on an MBA you’re probably thinking about things like an internship or maybe a job after graduation.
Mr. Frank Oprandy, Auburn’s Director of Graduate Career Services, has a few suggestions for you to make the most of your winter break.
1. Internships – if you haven’t already secured an internship use this time to
apply for a Summer Internship OR even take a ‘winternship’! That’s right, many companies
offer short term internships during the Winter Break due to so many college students
having an extensive amount of time off.
2. Brush up your resume….. again! You might need to reformat your resume or maybe you need to add a few things that you’ve been working on during graduate assistantship. Whatever it needs, the break is a great time to really polish up the entire document.
3. Work on your LinkedIn profile. Now that you have polished up your resume, and you know more about what career fields interest you, go back and work on this very important part of your “electronic presence”. Check your profile for appropriate key words so that your profile will stand out when people are searching for the right candidate. Recruiters are using it, and so you need to be using it too!
4. Catch up on your reading – You may need to catch up on some recommended career related reading from last semester or get a head start on what’s coming up for the Spring recruiting season. Are you up to speed on the things that are going on in your industry of interest? Do you know the latest news on your dream company? Now is the time to take the time to do the reading you may have put off. Even some leisurely fiction reading is a great way to keep your brain active over winter vacation.
At Auburn, you’ll work closely with Director of Graduate Career Services in the Office of Professional and Career Development (OPCD). Graduate Career Services (GCS) is the place where Harbert College of Business graduate students go to get help with their career search through mock interviews, résumé reviews, skills assessments, career guidance and one on one coaching. GCS is here to help you identify career goals, polish your professionalism and learn how to engage employers. You’ll meet with the Director multiple times each semester to plan out your “career road map.” Students will take a professional development class each semester that meets multiple times to get equipped to succeed in the career search process. GCS is your one-stop-shop career services resource, with services catered to helping each MBA student (like you) reach their individual career aspirations. Let Graduate Career Services help you build your roadmap to success!
Questions? Contact us at MBA Office firstname.lastname@example.org