Spring Break Checklist

By: David Ross, Associate Director

Spring break is here and there are several things that you can do to keep your job or internship search alive during your break:

Take some time to reflect.  Now would be a great time to reflect on what you have done with your search thus far.  It may also be time to make some adjustments, try some new tactics or shift your focus.  With limited free time during the semester, it can be easy to just focus on getting things done to meet deadlines.  Take some time now to review what you have done already and think about how you want to proceed with your search.  Create an action plan with small, manageable goals moving forward.

Don’t miss out on networking opportunities! If you are leaving Philadelphia, you never know who you will meet while you are away. Expanding your networks and making new connections can open doors to a job, internship or other career pursuits in the future. When opportunity knocks unexpectedly, take advantage of the situation.

Continue to search Handshake and iNet. Handshake and iNet are updated during the week with new job and internship opportunities – try a quick search each day. Just remember to have your resume and other application documents accessible before you leave campus – you never know what positions may have deadlines over break.

Attend a local career fair. Search for local career fairs in the area you plan to be during Spring Break to see if any events are scheduled during this time – you never know who might be hiring.

(Informational) Interview. If you are pursuing a job or  internship outside of Philadelphia, Spring Break is a great time to travel to that interview you could not schedule with classes in session. You may also consider an informational interview with Penn alumni or other professionals at companies of interest.

– Feel free to schedule a career advising appointment.  Career Services will be open during Spring Break. Feel free to schedule an appointment through Handshake to discuss your search.

Relax. Take time to sleep in, eat healthy or just take a deep breath. Spending time to rejuvenate yourself is an important aspect of Spring Break that can be easy to forget. 

Author: David

David Ross is a Senior Associate Director of Career Services for Wharton undergraduates and occasional blogger for "Penn & Beyond."