While the idea of being a senior is exciting, it’s important to be proactive now so your senior year will not be filled with stress and uncertainty.
To avoid this stress, here a few tips on what you should be doing during this semester:
Start looking for summer internships.
Now is about the time when employers will be posting opportunities for summer internships. With spring break just ahead, that is the perfect time to check our internship database for internship or other career-related opportunities .
Taking advantage of this summer to get experience and explore your career interests is important for a number of reasons. It is advised to have at least one internship in your field before graduation, but more importantly, having an internship can help you figure out what job you want (or don’t want) after graduation.
Also, one internship experience can help you get another internship during senior year – and having multiple internship experiences never hurt anybody!
Look ahead to graduate school.
For those of you thinking about applying to graduate school, this semester is the time to start exploring the schools and programs you are interested in. We have a graduate school resource to help start you off.
Graduate school applications deadlines come up fast, and there are a lot of components that go into the application process.
One component to get a head start on is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Now is the time to think about registering to take the GRE this summer, or at least starting to study in preparation for taking it in the fall.
** For students planning to apply for medical school, remember that medical school applications may be due this summer, so now is the time to prepare those applications.
Most importantly, focus on getting good experiences and making connections.
It’s important to remember the point of your undergraduate degree is to help you move forward in your career path. Whether that is through an internship, research experiences, looking ahead to graduate school and so on, getting those experiences now can save you a lot of headache and stress in the future.
And as you are getting these experiences, make sure you are building connections with supervisors and mentors who can help lead you in the right direction for career success.
So start moving forward on these steps and if you have any questions, you can always stop in our office – we’re happy to help you on your career path!