Peer Insights: Winter Break Challenge

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November 30, 2016 by quintanillav

your-winter-break-challengeSometimes a break from your routine is exactly what you need to be productive.

Happy holidays! I am excited to introduce you to our Winter Break Challenge. This challenge is not meant to be daunting or involve a lot of rules. Rather, the goal is to keep you working toward your career goals throughout the four weeks out of class.

I hope you find these activities useful and applicable. Reward yourself with a fun trip to a museum/concert/opera show/comedy show/Broadway show/movie marathon/amusement park or a cup of hot chocolate once you complete the challenge. Best wishes for a wonderful few weeks; we look forward to seeing you soon in the Career Services office (CBA 2.116) in the new year!

Four Winter Break Activities to Complete:

Week 1:  Revise your resume now and save yourself time later. Have you learned any new computer skills or completed any academic projects throughout fall semester? Add them! Did you join a new organization or take on a leadership position? Write about your role and the impact you make. Earn any awards or distinguished achievements? Showcase them! Reference the Resume Writing guide to learn about the BBA resume format, or check the BBA Resume template for a quick refresher. When you return to school, print out your resume and stop by the BBA Career Services office (CBA 2.116) during walk-in hours (10:30am-4pm) to have Peer Coaches review your updates!

Week 2:  Learn more about different companies, industries, and career opportunities while networking with employers through a company hosted leadership program! Apply for one via the Leadership Development Program page before deadlines ensue. If the company that you want isn’t listed, then look for a student program on the company website of your choice! Also, look into the programs that BBA Career Services offers, including the Sophomore Development Program, Target Your FutureMcCombs Diversity Council, and BBA Women’s Council.

Week 3:  Develop your LinkedIn profile and reach out to your network during the break. For a polished LinkedIn profile, include a professional photo, headline, summary, and ask to be recommended by managers, professors, classmates, or anyone that you have worked with closely in a professional setting. For career planning help from a networking contact, set up an informational interview, request advice, give them your resume, or ask about job opportunities. To maintain your group of contacts and show appreciation, communicate with everyone who is influential in your job search process. Be sure to stay in touch by giving them updates about your recruiting or academic progress and any new questions. Additional strategies for building your network can be found in the Networking Guide.

Pro Tip:  Create a unique URL for your LinkedIn profile by deleting the sequence of numbers and instead type in your name, e.g. Then, include the link in your email signature!

Week 4:  Complete a course on Lynda, an online learning website with courses on a large variety of topics, including Microsoft Office, Visual Studio, Apple, Adobe, cloud computing, online marketing, and much more.  You can access it anytime and anywhere that has an internet connection.  It keeps track of where you are, so if you leave in the middle of a course, it can tell you where you were when you return. Currently, all McCombs students can access Lynda for free by opening in a web browser.  Login with your UT EID and password. Learn new skills and include them on your resume!

Challenge Completed!


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