Welcome to the Fall 2014 Semester!

By: Ashley

Hey Bulldogs! Everyone here at Career & Internship Services wants to welcome all of you sophomore, juniors, and seniors back and we want to give a special welcome to all the new freshmen! Classes are now in session and some of us know the drill and for others it’s a whole new experience. The significance of this post is to introduce (or refresh your memory) all the services we offer here in our office (SCC 22).

So if you find yourself needing help with:

Then Career & Internship Services is the place that has the answers for you! Of course the above list is not all inclusive, we offer many more services designed to help all current and former University of Minnesota Duluth students. Many students come in for a variety of things; below are a few more of our services summarized in case you are unfamiliar with our office.

One-on-one Career Counseling

Career counselors are available to meet with students and alumni to provide professional guidance in order to help those students/alumni to succeed in an evolving global workforce. They have the tools and the know how to help you find your way, whether you have a  dream to study abroad, to find an internship, go to graduate school, or  if you need help deciding on your major, our counselors can help guide you towards the resources needed to make your dreams a reality.

Career Assessments

We offer 3 in-depth career assessments in our office that are designed to help you along your path towards finding a career that is right for you, if you choose to take one of the assessments an appointment is scheduled with a counselor where they sit down and interpret the results with you. The three assessments we offer are:

  • Strong Interest Inventory – designed to compare your interests with interests of other people in various career fields and generates a list of occupations that relate to your interests.
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator – identifies your personality type which is then related to potential career fields and working environments.
  • StrengthsQuest – identifies you top 5 strengths and relates them to your educational and career plans.

Workshops

We hold several workshops designed to benefit all the students at UMD, below are some of the workshops:

  • Getting ready for the job & internship fair workshop- where you can find out what to wear, what to bring, and how to make a good impression
  • Getting ready for the education job fair workshop- where you can find out what to wear, what to bring, and how to make a good impression. This workshop is tailored for teaching and education services majors.
  • How to land an internship workshop- where you learn about tips and resources to help you land that internship.
  • Interviewing workshop- where you learn what it takes to be successful in an interview while practicing your own skills and receiving feedback during this hands-on workshop
  • Preparing for graduate & professional school workshop where you learn about the timeline for applying, different pieces that are required in the application, deadlines and helpful tips to prepare your application.
  • Writing personal statements workshop -where you work on writing a personal statement for graduate or professional school

Resume and LinkedIn/GoldPASS Drop-In Hours

Drop-in hours were created because we know students have a busy schedule. We’ve designated times for when students can stop by and get a little help from our Peer Educators and Career Counselors, drop-ins are located in our Career Resource Center in SCC 22.

  • Resume Drop-In Hours – Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 2-4 pm
    • September 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30
    • October 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
    • November 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
    • December 2, 3, 9, 10
  • LinkedIn/GoldPASS Drop-In Hours – Every Thursday from 2-4 pm
    • September 4, 11, 18, 25
    • October 9, 16, 23, 30
    • November 6, 13, 20
    • December 4, 11

Alongside all the things listed above, we also provide the Graduate Follow-Up Report, InterviewStream, GoldPASS, cover letter help, and so much more. As you can see we offer a lot of services that are tailored to the needs of our students and all we ask in return for these services is that you use them! So if you need some help or just have some basic questions don’t hesitate to pop on in, we would be happy to help. We are open Monday- Friday from 8am- 4:30pm and are located in Solon Campus Center 22, hope to see you there!

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Other Career Blogs to Check Out

By: Ashley

Hey fellow blog followers! Can you believe that in less than a month it will be summer vacation! Many of you are graduating, others are looking into what they want to do after graduation (possibly grad school), some may be alumni, and others may be trying to find an internship. Well I have done a little research and found a few career blogs that I think everyone of you may find useful. Each is full of posts written by their experienced and knowledgeable staff. The four career sites that I found most interesting and useful were:

  1. Big Interview – http://biginterview.com/blog/
  2. Career Rocketeer – http://careerrocketeer.com/
  3. Brazen Careerist – http://blog.brazencareerist.com/
  4. YouTern – TheSavvyIntern – http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/

Big Interview

Big Interview is a website that aims to help people gain the knowledge and skill to get the job by acing the interview. The site was developed with the help of Pamela Skillings, a top interview coach and features a blog specializes on tips about interviewing but also talks about resumes, cover letters, networking, follow ups, and job offers. Many of the posts on this site that I found the most helpful were the ones about how to answer those difficult interview questions as well as how to handle a panel interview versus a group interview.

Career Rocketeer

Career Rocketeer was founded by Chris Perry, a brand and marketing generator. The site is a career search and personal branding blog that aims to help those who are driven to “launch” their career. There are many great posts written by their experts who really explain what personal branding is, and how to manage it. There are posts on things other than personal branding, such as social media, networking, career management, and they have an “everything else” category that has a hodge-podge of interesting information.

Brazen Careerist

The Brazen Careerist is a site that is all about engagement, and their blog has some very interesting posts that range in information about job searching, social media, on the job advice, entrepreneurship, general college posts, and career growth. They have written about everything from negotiating salaries, asking for a raise, the importance of your GPA after graduation, managing student credit cards, and using transferable skills. Anything that you might want to know, or have a question about I am willing to bet has been written about by them.

YouTern – TheSavvyIntern

YouTern aims to help young people become employable and helps to connect them to internship opportunities while also offering contemporary career advice through their blog TheSavvyIntern. On their blog they offer tons of fresh tips to find an internship and how to handle life after graduation. There are usually tons of great posts that use infographics to get their point across. Because really, who doesn’t love a great infographic about what to wear to an interview, or how to clean up your digital image? There are posts about how to build a successful and appealing resume, career advice from recent graduates, and what to know and how to handle recruiters when looking for a job and while networking.

These of course are just 4 career websites that I came across that I have found to be really helpful. I suggest that when you are feeling unsure, have questions, and are even a little bored to just browse through these sites and I am willing to bet you will find some cool information you didn’t think you would find on the internet. Of course I forgot to mention one blog that all of you should read and tell your friends to read and that is our blog, where you can find posts on all the topics listed above and many more that your very own peers here at UMD have written. As always don’t hesitate to come on in to our office (SCC 22) if you have any questions!

You can also check out our “Fun Reads” page for more career blogs to read.

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Lessons Learned from Disney

By: Ashley

So I read this awesome article on the Brazen Careerist by Adam Britten and it was about grown-up lessons we learned from Disney movies and I thought some of them related to job searching and career exploration, as well as just general life lessons.  So below I am going to list a few of the ones Adam listed and then a few lessons I learned myself from different movies, then of course elaborate on them to relate them back to job searching and career exploration!

Disney Career Lessons

A few from Adam:

  1. Be curious — from Alice in Wonderland
  2. Be true to your heart — from Mulan
  3. Hard work pays off — from The Princess and the Frog

A few from me:

  1. Never give up on your goals/dreams – from Finding Nemo
  2. Start doing and stop wishing – from Aladdin

Career Exploration

I think all of us are a little curious deep down, and being curious is a good thing. If Alice hadn’t followed the white rabbit she would never have met all those crazy fun people or even encountered Wonderland. Let curiosity drive you to figure out what you love, what you are passionate about, and what you want to do in the future! We all have career questions – that is why we go to college – to find ourselves and our calling, and the best place to get the answers to those career questions is right in our office (SCC 22).  Maybe you’re like Mulan and you know what you want to do. Maybe you know that you want to be a physical therapist one day and no one will sway you otherwise. Good for you! Like Mulan, to be happy in life you have to follow your heart. But like Mulan we could all use a Mushu to guide us, someone with our best interest at heart. Let our counselors be your Mushu. Let them help you along the way. Even after you graduate.

Job Searching

So now you know what you’re passionate about and you know how to get there. Now the fun part comes, finding that dream career you have been thinking about since sophomore year. The way to that job is through hard work, perseverance, and to take action. Like Adam says in his post “Tiana is synonymous with dedication” she worked her keister off to obtain her dream restaurant, and with that amount of hard work there is no doubt you will achieve your goals too. Sometimes life does throw us curve balls but like Marlin and Tiana you can’t give up, keep your eyes on the prize. Don’t forget through those obstacles Career & Internship Services is here for you. We work with alumni all the time and we can help you with your job search.  We can discuss job search strategies and help you with GoldPass, your resume, interview questions, set up mock interviews and so much more. Last but not least, it is important to dream and have goals, but it is even more important to act on those dreams. You must pursue your aspirations in order for them to come true. Like Aladdin learned, you can’t get what you want by just rubbing a magic lamp, you have to take action, and most importantly, be yourself.  In the words of Rabindranath Tagore, you can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. So take action and come on in to our office and take advantage of the resources that you may not have even known were available to you!

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Maximize Your Strengths

By: Ashley

You get your top 5 strengths back and one of them is Maximizer and you might be wondering what does maximizer mean? Well that is what I am here to tell you, also as a side note this is the last strength to be blogged about! Can you believe it that all of the strengths have been done? So even if maximizer isn’t one of your top 5 go ahead and browse on through the other wonderful posts by all the bloggers and read about the strengths that are yours!

So on to the strength itself.  The StrengthsQuest website defines maximizers as “people who are especially talented in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb.” So essentially you’re given a task or seek a task out and you take action to not only do the task but you do a fantastic job at it!  When you aim high you shoot for the moon, anything less wouldn’t be worth it.

Maximizer

A few suggestions to develop maximizer further would be:

  • Seek to help others discover their own potential, mentoring might be a great idea, I am willing to bet you will love it
  • Use your talents for things outside of your academic life, maybe get involved with the community
  • Spend time with people whose talents you admire

Academically:

  • Discover the way you learn best whether you’re a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learner and use it to your advantage
  • Find where you study best, where you feel most comfy
  • Meet with mentors for advice and inspiration and share it with your friends, share the wealth
  • Pick classes that help you fine tune your current strengths and classes that help you develop new ones
  • Find a job or internship where you can use your maximizer strength and apply your talents, somewhere where people will recognize your abilities

Career:

  • Talk to your mentors about their career planning process, their advice will be much appreciated
  • To avoid frustration pick a workplace with a good reputation, places known for being the best will be places where your talents will shine the brightest
  • Find a job where you can help others realize their own strengths and help them develop and use them to their advantage
  • Interview “the best of the best” and see what they like about their job, how they got there, and what it takes to get there, their bits of wisdom will give you an idea of what it requires to be the best of the best

I guess in my opinion some great career options for maximizers would be coaching, management, mentoring, or teaching.  These are of course just the ones that stick out to me right now, to further explore where your ideal career path lies I would suggest making a pit stop at our office (SCC 22) and make an appointment to talk with a counselor. Maybe even take one of our other assessments, each one complements the other and are full of invaluable information.  I think most maximizers would agree with Steve Prefontaine in the belief that “To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift.”

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Our Top 5 Services for Freshmen

By: Ashley

There is this major misconception that Career and Internship Services is the place to go when you’re a senior. All of us here want to let you all know that we are an office that helps freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and alumni. In this post I am going to highlight the top 5 things we can do for freshmen right here in our office.  This list is only the top 5 and the services we offer for freshmen are not limited to those on this list:

  1. Choosing a major
  2. Identify your strengths and interests
  3. Help you write the Freshmen resume
  4. Help with interviewing
  5. Obtain an internship

Choosing a major

Choosing a major isn’t meant to be easy and our counselors are here to help you figure out what and where you might want to go. The counselors will sit down with you, pull up what majors we have here at UMD and talk you through what you may want to pursue. They might suggest a career assessment to see where your interests are.  Many students wait to declare their major and explore electives and/or clubs to see what they are passionate about and many students throughout their college career change their major.  I suggest checking out the “Finding Your Path, Choosing Your Major” video we put together specifically for freshmen.

Identifying your strengths and interests

In our office we offer 3 career assessments, and each helps students to discover different things about themselves.  When you take an assessment you also get to make an appointment to go over the results with a counselor and figure out what your next steps will be.  The 3 assessments are:

  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator: a personality assessment that gives potential fields of interest that you might like based off your personality
  • Strong Interest Inventory: tells you where your interests are and what careers fit well with your interests
  • StrengthsQuest: gives you your top 5 strengths and gives you access to online information on how to use those strengths to your advantage

Help you write a resume

As a freshman you may think you don’t need to write a resume because you don’t have any experience, but it is always important to have a one.  A resume is never done, it will be something that you will update and alter your whole life, and it’s important to start it as soon as you can.  Our counselors and our peer educators are here to help you to build that resume whether it is for a job (on or off campus) or an internship, they are here to help. One of our best resources is our handbook which you can get a hard copy in our office or use the PDF version on our website to begin it. There are resume examples and an outline in there to help you. We have drop in hours every Tuesday and Wednesday from 2-4 in our office for quick review, as well as there will always be a peer educator in our office from 8-4:30 Monday-Friday to help you.

Help with interviewing

Our counselors offer mock interviews so you can practice, they are also available for help with basic questions about interviews, interview anxiety, what to do before, and what to do afterwards. We also offer a service called InterviewStream that allows you to record yourself via webcam while you are interviewed by a prerecorded person and then review afterwards so you can perfect your interviewing skills.  To access InterviewStream:  https://umn.interviewstream.com/default.aspx

Obtaining an internship

Internships help you gain experience in your chosen field as well as learn important skills for the working world. Internships also help you network with employers and other people within your chosen field. The counselors will help you develop a search plan for finding an internship and introduce you to sites like GoldPASS where there are job and internship listings specifically for U of MN students.  To access GoldPASS: http://goldpass.umn.edu/

From choosing a major, to identifying your strengths/interests, to help with your resume, to help with interviewing and getting an internship, these are just 5 of the services we have for freshmen. We are here to help you through your college experience please feel free to stop into our office (Solon Campus Center 22) and ask as many questions as you like, we are here to answer those questions.

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Career Planning From Your Favorite TV Shows

By: Ashley

I came across this super intriguing infographic the other day and thought it was worthy of a blog post. The infographic lists 8 popular TV shows that many of us watch and then it states college courses that coincide with the overall theme of the show. It even gives careers that you may like to pursue based off your interest in that particular TV program. I saw this infographic on YouTern in the article “Does Our Favorite TV Show Help Predict Our Career?” and they got it from Semester Online which is a website that offers online courses. It is a pretty cool infographic and I encourage you to take a peek at it yourself, I am willing to bet all of you have at least seen one episode, or heard of The Big Bang Theory, The Walking Dead, or Game of Thrones.

The thing that shocked me the most was how accurate the infographic was, at least in my case. The Walking Dead has always been one of my favorite shows, I am an avid zombie-genre watcher whether it Night of the Living Dead, Resident Evil or even Zombieland, so naturally, The Walking Dead was right up my alley. My current career path is clinical/medical laboratory sciences and, what do you know, under the possible careers that people that like this TV show is clinical laboratory sciences.  Not to mention, I love Breaking Bad and Chemistry, so that definitely made sense. I’m not a chemistry major like the infographic says, but I do have a minor in it.  I guess the thing I like most about this infographic is it gives you courses, majors, careers, and fun facts but still isn’t too crowded. It’s fun.

Now just because the infographic was correct for me that doesn’t mean that because you like watching The Big Bang Theory that you should become an Astrophysicists or that you want to major in physics, or want to go into criminology because you’re obsessed with Dexter. You can like something and not want to do it for the rest of your life. You might, however, if given the opportunity in college take a course/elective that is similar to a TV show and maybe you will find out that you do in fact like communications or graphic design and you just so happen to also like Mad Men. The infographic can serve as a source of inspiration. It is important to explore in college, to find out what you like and what you really don’t like. That is the only way you are going to be able to weed through the millions of careers out there to find the one that is right for you. So my words of advice are: use your electives well, take classes that interest you, and have fun with them!

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Strength in Being Deliberative

By: Ashley

This week I am going to talk about the StrengthsQuest strength Deliberative. When I retook this assessment it came up as one of my top 5, but it wasn’t one of my initial top 5, showing that over time we all change. On the StrengthsQuest website it says that “People who are especially talented in the Deliberative theme are best described by the serious care they take in making decisions or choices. They anticipate the obstacles.” I suppose you would say we deliberative types take time to evaluate our options, assess the risks, decide how to take action and then follow through. The website gives a plethora of information evaluating this specific strength, it gives advice on careers, academics, study techniques, and much more.

Deliberative

Deliberative types can be defined by how we tend to keep our personal life private and are usually selective about what we tell and to whom we tell it. We prefer to think things through before speaking or taking action. We have a tendency to remain silent rather than join conversations that involve the sharing of intimate or personal information. Chances are we are willing to sacrifice affection or relationships to be true to ourselves. My favorite quote from the website is that people with deliberative as one of their strengths believe that “life is not a popularity contest.” Driven by our talents, we are often described as no-nonsense people.

Using your Deliberative strength in your career

The StrengthsQuest website says that environments where we can independently conduct thorough analysis are likely to help us be most effective and will be more enjoyable for us. It states that helping others to think through their decisions before moving ahead too quickly is something that we are good at. We tend to be private people, so environments where people are known for being discreet and trustworthy will likely bring out our best. Environments that expect a lot of socializing, interpersonal interaction, demand persuasion or selling, will not be as comfortable for us. So wanting to be a salesperson or a politician might not be right up our alley. The site says that we should explore careers in the areas of analysts, financial officers, judges, and others whose work benefits from careful thinking and deliberation. I feel like lab work and research would be a good place for deliberative types as well.

Using your Deliberative strength in your academics

The site says in our academics we tend to do the following, or should do the following to make the most of our academic career:

  • Attend all lectures and class sessions making sure we don’t miss anything.
  • Be thorough in our preparation for a class by reading ahead and reviewing class notes to avoid being caught off guard.
  • Before visiting a professor during office hours, prepare thoroughly by making a list of questions we have.
  • Once we receive a class syllabus, highlight the due dates of readings, assignments, papers, and tests.
  • When taking a test, go through the questions slowly, concentrating on the ones we are more sure of first.

Some studying techniques that are said to be effective for deliberative types are to take notes on what you read, and study your notes for exams and to always work out extra problems to make sure you understand the material. If you work best alone, study on your own before engaging in group discussions. Form questions as you study, and make sure you have answers to them before taking an exam.

It was William Somerset Maugham who said, “In the conduct of life we make use of deliberation to justify ourselves in doing what we want to do.” I guess the way I would translate this bit of wisdom is we use deliberation in our everyday lives to get to know ourselves, as well as others, and through careful consideration, observations, and experiments (such as classes, and jobs) we get to know ourselves and what we want to get out of life. We figure out what we want to do with our lives, we figure out how to do it, and we go for it! To see if deliberative is one of your top 5 strengths, stop on in to Career and Internship Services (SCC 22) and get a code to take this awesome assessment for yourself!

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Career Resources for Veterans

By: Ashley

Today’s blog post is a special one; in this post I am going to highlight some key resources we have available for veterans at Career & Internship Services, and some helpful general tips for veterans. Here at our office we are so grateful for what our veterans have done and what our soldiers are currently doing. We are so glad that we can in turn provide you all with career assistance when you need it. In this post I am going to touch on helpful resume tips for vets, some helpful sites that I have found that help veterans find employment, and a few key points from my fellow blogger Taylor’s post from last year.

Resources for Vets

I recently read through an article by Luke Roney about resume tips for vets and it had some very helpful tips. Some key things to keep in mind when constructing a resume is to remember that you want the employer to understand what your qualifications and skills are so keep it easy to read and remove any military “jargon” because chances are your interviewer/future employer isn’t going to understand it. You are also going to want to not just include your hard skills, but your soft skills as well. As valuable as being able to speak another language is, being able to work as a team and communicate with others are skills that are just as important. Roney also suggested making your resume relevant to the position you are seeking, so don’t use the same generic resume for all positions. Roney also said to build your resume to include all the necessary information as well as to construct a cover letter.

Some other sites that I found helpful are highlighted in 6 Online Resources for Veterans Seeking Jobs, an article by Sharlyn Lauby, which she also gives a rundown of the key features of each of these websites.

Last year a post was written by Taylor and she mentioned some very key things that we do ourselves for veterans right in our office. These things include career assessments that can help you discover your passion and combined with an interpretation with one of our career counselors, can help put you onto a path towards achieving a job that you are passionate about. Taylor also mentioned networking and what she said is true, we can help prepare you for job fairs, and even put you in contact with people in our very own network of employers.

So please feel free to stop on in to Career & Internship Services which is located in Solon Campus Center 22 and we will help you in all stages of your journey towards finding that career you are passionate about. We can help you chart your journey and get you on your way towards achieving your goals.

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5 Lessons of Career Development

By: Ashley

This week’s blog post for me is going to be about Daniel Seddiqui and the 5 lessons he learned on his journey across America. Those 5 lessons that he learned from his experiences working 50 jobs in 50 states are perseverance, risk taking, adaptability, networking, and endurance. So you may be thinking how does this guy’s lessons apply to you? Seeing as one day all of us are going to be college graduates out in the working world seeking employment, all of these apply to all of us.

Perseverance

What I took away from Daniel’s experience was to never give up. No matter how many times you are put down or told no, never, ever give up. I mean between being a competitive athlete to being rejected for 40+ job interviews after graduating, Daniel never gave up, he pushed forward. I think this applies to almost all of us because dealing with rejection is a part of life, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

Risk-Taking

Daniel set out on his quest with doubts, never knowing where he might be sleeping, if he would have enough money for gas, or even if he had a job the next week. Yet, through all this uncertainty and all the challenges, he followed through because it was something he was passionate about. I think there is something to relate to here also because from day one we are told, as college students, to follow our dreams, so do something we are passionate about. That is what Daniel did and I am willing to bet he doesn’t regret any of it.

Adaptability

During Daniel’s adventure he had to adapt to different cultures, different foods, and different jobs. Between being a rodeo announcer, to a cheese maker, and a dietician, Daniel did it all but only because he was flexible and willing to acclimate to his new surroundings. I think if thrown into an unfamiliar environment, such as full-time employment, the search for full-time employment, or even starting college, it is essential and necessary to adapt.  So what I got from this is that you will not get the full experience and therefore not reap the maximum amount of benefits you could from this experience, if you’re not willing to adapt somewhat.

Networking

As soon as you start college you start hearing about networking through the saying: it isn’t what you know it’s who you know. For Daniel, networking was very important. Employers from one job sometimes helped him get another job in a different state, either by the connections they had or by serving as a reference. I believe networking is a very important aspect for finding employment after graduation, sometimes knowing the right person can be the deciding factor between you getting the job and the person sitting next to you.

Endurance

For Daniel endurance meant having an active mind and body. By being on the road for so long, he needed to stay healthy and alert. I think understanding one’s limits, and being able to continue on with what you want to achieve is key to obtaining success. I think, of all the other lessons, endurance relates the most to perseverance. By this, I mean setting goals, pursuing your passions, never giving up, and making it out, happy and healthy in the end.

Above are just my own personal interpretations of the lessons Daniel Seddiqui learned on his journey across America. I encourage each and every one of you to come and hear Daniel’s interpretations at his keynote and form your own personal interpretations as well. His journey is truly incredible and serves as a source inspiration.

Come and join us, everyone is welcome! The event is on November 6th from 4-5:30 pm in the Kirby Student Center Ballroom.

See you there!

Thanks again to our awesome sponsors who are helping us bring Daniel to campus for National Career Development Month: Kirby Leadership Institute, Office for Students in Transition, College of Liberal Arts, College of Education and Human Service Professions, Labovitz School of Business and Economics, Office of Civic Engagement, Swenson College of Science and Engineering, the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Club, and the M.A. in Psychological Science.

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Mastering Time Management

By: Ashley

Each and every one of us has had that moment where we have had to decide if we are going to study, sleep, or go out with friends. Of course then when you throw work and actually going to class in the mix it seems like there are just not enough hours in the day to do everything you want, am I right? Well I was reading a blog post that Lauren Kirkpatrick, whose posts are as helpful as they are hilarious, on youtern.com  about how time management can essentially be mastered, if done right. In just 5 steps Lauren makes time management seem easy but it does take commitment. The 5 steps listed in her blog post are:

  • Use a calendar
  • Make to do lists
  • Multi-task
  • Overestimate time
  • Plan time to relax

So I know that at least half of all college students use a calendar, and whether that be an electronic one like Google calendar or a planner bought at the school store. But honestly, how many of us actually remember to write in it? I see people with planners that they bought with the best intentions of filling and then when they open them and I see them, there is little to nothing except maybe a few birthdays written in them, and I will be the first to admit that I have done this in the past, especially my freshman year. I do however use one now, and in this day and age using Google calendar and syncing it to your iPhone or smartphone is easier than ever. Every UMD student has a Gmail account through the university which means you have access to your very own Google calendar, you can even color code things and set reminders, exciting right?

Now having a to do list is something that I have always found to be beneficial in getting things done. Having everything you need to do right in front of you can be just the motivation you need to get up and get stuff done. I’ll be the first to admit that I even add things that I have already done just so I can check things off. Lauren says to add things that are as basic as eating lunch, because checking things off makes you feel good, makes you feel productive, and it is those basic things that make multi-tasking easier. I mean if you can eat your PB & J and read your biology textbook at the same time why not kill two birds with one stone.

My favorite of Lauren’s 5 ways to manage time is the overestimating how long it takes to get something done, that way you aren’t interfering with the time you have allotted to other things and when you have extra time to spare to relax and maybe take a mental breather. Lastly, I love the idea of planning time to relax, because then you have to do it! If you are anything like me you can’t rest until you have gotten everything done and if relaxing is one of those things you have to check off you are more likely to it!

So with a little commitment and effort, you too can have it all, sleep, a social life, and the grades. I feel that all of these tips will 100% show results, you will be surprised by how some free time might just magically appear if you plan out what you need to do and then magically get it all done.

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