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Top Five Things Your Student Should Do This Summer

Even though summer is reaching its half way mark, there is still plenty of time for your student to strengthen his or her career prospects. Here are five important steps your student should be taking this summer:

1. Network. Then network some more.

Networking is the single most important tool in searching for a career or internship. In fact, 70% of jobs are landed via networking according to some research. This should include reaching out to Wake Forest alumni, fellow students, or parents in your student’s field of interest. Encourage the use of LinkedIn to find appropriate contacts at fascinating companies and arrange an informational interview. For more information, please visit our Informational Interviewing page on the OPCD’s website.

2. Organize your contacts in a worksheet.

Once you student has conducted an information interview, recommend the use of an organizational worksheet to keep all of the information in a central place. Things like thank you’s or follow up steps can easily be forgotten if not written down. Review our “Networking Tracking Tool” located on our Find Networking Contacts page.

3. Continuously update your LinkedIn profile and resume.

Your students will never be fresher on the work they are doing this summer than now. Encourage your students to reflect every other week on the experiences they are gaining and transcribe them in their resume and LinkedIn profile. You never know when they will need an updated copy.

4. Build your business acumen and stay updated current events.

Give your students a gift this summer; a subscription to a daily paper or weekly periodical will help your student stay current as well as help them explore their interests. The Wall Street Journal and The Economist are two excellent options that have online subscriptions. Talk to your students about current affairs to help them build foundational knowledge.

5. Take a week off.

Let’s not forget that it is called summer break. At least one week of relaxation will go a long to helping students reboot and recharge. Many studies illustrate a correlation between a period of rest and improved academic performance.

Category: On the Job Tips, Tips for Students