Start Summer Planning Now

summer-hd-wallpaper-660x330One of the hardest things to do when you’re in undergrad is balance the present with planning the future. But I find that one of the best ways to come up with strategies is to be efficient about your summer planning. The competition for summer jobs and internships starts now and though it may feel like you have a ton of time to figure it out, the reality is that the deadlines are right around the corner.

First off, you should decide what kind of job you’d like to seek out. Do you want to make money and save it up for the following school year? Do you want to gain some work experience for your resumé? Do you want to take advantage of the summer to try out a job in an unrelated field? Do you want an online job so that you have flexibility to travel and explore? These are all questions that you should be asking yourself because they’ll help filter the kinds of resources you should be looking at.

Secondly, it’s important to realize how to balance what you need from what you want. This is especially important for people who really want to pursue a graduate education. For example, I’m in Psychology. As of right now, I have many classes under my belt. However, I know that I am missing the research aspect that my program recommends in order to get into grad programs. I spent this past summer using all the saved money I had to travel for a month through Europe and the Middle East. I got the enjoyment out of my system and now I am prepared to find a job next summer that fulfills both my passion for Psychology and my need to complete a requirement.

I find that some of the most useful websites to look at for jobs are indeed.com and idealist.org. For McGill students, I’d really recommend checking out the internships page that the McGill website offers: https://www.mcgill.ca/internships/mcgill-internship-offices-network.

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