There comes a time in your collegiate career where you may be unsure of what to do next. You may be in the awkward stage where you have your major declared, you are taking classes, and you are on your way to graduating. But you may wonder to yourself, is this enough? You may be in the time period where Internships are not available, and you are not sure of how to continue to build your resume. This is the place I am at right now in my college career. Once Junior year hits sometimes you may feel like you are not doing enough, but I am going to give you tips on how to continue your growth and development during this time period.
If you are like me, you may be in the time period where you are not yet ready for an internship. I am thinking on finding an internship for the summer or taking an internship prep class during my senior year. But what am I supposed to do now in the meantime? There are multiple options for someone trying to continue to build their resume. The most obvious would be to join any clubs or organizations at UMD or in the surrounding community. An example for me was when I joined the Student Life Change Team, which tries to increase diversity and inclusivity on our campus. Activities like this are great for building leadership skills and filling out your resume more. Other activities, such as clubs, are a great way to get involved as well. Most of the clubs at UMD are small enough that it is very possible to obtain a leadership role if you desire to. This would help you to build your resume by talking about the skills you gained from this experience.
If there are no clubs or organizations you are really interested in, there are other options. You could get involved in research, either Independent or with a professor. This is a great way to not only gain research skills and build your resume, but you will be making a strong connection with a professor at the university. This can be helpful when you need a letter of recommendation or references. If you are interested in research, try contacting a professor in the area of your choice and ask them for more information.
If you are not interested in research or there are not many research opportunities available, becoming a teacher’s assistant could be a great experience for you. TAs gain valuable skills in leadership and organization, as well as a strong connection with the professor they work with. Similar to research, this would give you the opportunity to become close with a professor and to have them as a reference in the future. It is also a great resume builder because you can talk about the different organization skills and other skills you used.
If you are at a standstill in your collegiate career, don’t panic! There are many other ways you can continue to build your resume, even if you don’t have a job or internship. The first step is getting out of your comfort zone and engaging yourself in activities you do not usually get involved in. all of these experiences will not only help you build your resume, but gain valuable skills for life.
Of Possible Interest:
- Building Your Resume (all of our blog posts on the topic)
- Boost Your Career in College (Pinterest board)
- Turn Your Major Into a Career (Pinterest board)