The winter semester is quickly coming to a close and whether you spent it on campus or on a co-op, internship, or corporate residency work term, there are steps you can take now to set yourself up for success in the months ahead.
If you participated in select fall 2014/winter 2015 career events, programs and activities, be sure to get them recognized through the Co-Curricular Record. This is a great way to enhance your resume and LinkedIn profile!
BComm 1st year/BMgmt 1st and 2nd year students:
While it may seem like you have the summer “off”, try to take advantage of this time by developing your employable and transferable skills, gaining some experience through volunteer or paid summer work opportunities, and starting to expand your network. This will pay off in second year as you build your resume, prepare for your co-op job search, and partake in your first work term.
Before you complete your first co-op work term experience, make sure you review our list of the 8 Must-Do’s to Make the Most of Your Work Term – it’s not too late to implement many of these useful tips! Since you’ll be returning to campus this summer (or fall for CRMBA students), look for ways to apply the concepts and skills you learned in your work term to your contributions in class while they are still fresh in your mind, and be sure to sign up for any available career workshops or recruitment events.
BComm 3rd year/BMgmt Internship students:
As you embark on your final co-op work term keep our work term must-do’s in mind. Since you have already completed two prior work terms, the third work term is your chance to really go beyond the job description and let your skills and strengths shine. Challenge yourself; look for extra opportunities to demonstrate initiative, gain experience in new areas, and add value to the organization you’re working for.
BComm/BMgmt 4th year students:
Graduation is now in sight. Congratulations! If you haven’t already, start looking for grad jobs under the Career & Leadership section of myCareer and apply these grad job search tips to help you succeed. Remember that career skill-building doesn’t stop when you land your first job; it’s an ongoing process. Play an active role in your professional growth and you’ll see the rewards at every stage of your career.