You may be planning on hitting the beach over spring break, but while you’re working on your tan, consider the ways in which you can use that time to grow professionally as well! While spring break may only be a week or two, there are plenty of things you can do in that short time that will help you stand out above the crowd (and yes, that IS a “A Goofy Movie” reference!).
Look for volunteer opportunities
Volunteering is one of the best and most rewarding ways to add transferable skills and community involvement to your résumé! Whether it’s pitching in to pick up trash at your local park, or helping out at a community foodbank, there are a number of ways you can get involved and show your passion for giving back!
You may even be able to find volunteer opportunities that align with your career goals. If you’re hoping to one day to work in a marketing role, for example, try to find a nonprofit organization that needs help in promoting an event or cause.
No matter how you decide to volunteer, there is likely a skill you will learn and can use in a professional setting (and you’ll be making a difference)!
Polish your résumé
Ever feel like you just don’t have enough time to sit down and really work on your résumé? Spring break is the perfect time to do it! A good place to start is to have a friend look over your résumé and see what advice they have to offer. At your school, you probably have a career center or other type of service that can look it over for you as well and give you pointers on how to make it shine!
Elaine from our Disney Professional Internship Recruiting team also had some great tips in her recent blog post; be sure to check it out!
Once you know what needs to be worked on, go out and make it happen. A polished, impressive résumé will get you far!
Look at job descriptions
This one is easy – you can even do it poolside!
Even if you’re not quite ready to start applying to jobs, it never hurts to look at job descriptions and see what skills your future role may be looking for. By doing this, not only can you figure out what skills you may still need to learn, you can see what experience you may already have. Who knows? You may also discover a role that you hadn’t thought of pursuing before!
If your dream role is with The Walt Disney Company, hooray! You can see current openings at disneycareers.com and disneyinterns.com.
Learn a new skill
Not only is spring break a great time to relax and unwind, it’s also the perfect time to learn something new! Developing new abilities helps set you apart, and you never know when those skills may come in handy.
There are a number of websites that offer free classes on a variety of subjects. Whether it’s photography, graphic design or website coding abilities you are hoping to garner, there’s a class for you that will help add to your skills base! Just Google “free skill sharing websites” to find them! And the best part? You don’t even have to get out of your PJs to do it.
Just remember, building killer sandcastles at the beach during spring break does not count as a skill for your résumé (although, it is pretty cool!).
As spring break approaches this year, take a moment to think about how you’ll incorporate some of these things into your plans. By following these tips, not only will you return from spring break sun kissed and stress-free, you’ll also be well on your way to developing your professional brand!