Spending the summer without an internship? Don’t worry…It happens! Whether you tried your best and just didn’t land an offer, or it slipped your mind and you didn’t apply, you can still thrive professionally this summer with these seven tips.
1. Keep searching.
Don’t give up your search just yet. Although most companies already secured their open internship spots for the summer, some companies might still be recruiting for a last minute spot. Keep your eyes peeled!
Can your area of expertise work as a freelance gig? Let’s say you were hoping to land a marketing internship but didn’t land a role like you were hoping. There are probably plenty of local businesses out there who would love the extra help on your free time! You could potentially offer your services to them and help them promote their business. This doesn’t just work with marketing, either. Freelancing can also include things like writing, graphic design, web development, and much more.
3. Mold your summer job into a relevant experience.
Think of ways you can shape your current summer job into a resume builder. If you work at a summer camp but are an aspiring event planner, try getting involved with the set-up process for your camp’s events and trips. Or if you work at a pool but have a business-related major, see if you can assist with the marketing materials for the venue—like fliers and social media pages. Get it? Good.
4. Start a blog.
More and more people these days start blogs as their “side hustle.” It’s a productive hobby that—if done correctly—is a great attribute to your resume. Try thinking up a blog topic that’s relevant to your future career!
5. Attend workshops and webinars.
Attending professional workshops or sitting in on webinars gives you an opportunity to learn new skills outside of internships, so make sure you mention it on your resume or cover letters! Having these learning opportunities under your belt gives you a serious edge over those that don’t.
6. Take an online course.
Whether you knock out some more of those credits you’ll need for graduation, or you simply want to learn a valuable skill for your career, taking an online course can help tremendously. Plenty of courses are offered during the summer, so check them out before it’s too late to enroll!
7. Stay on top of industry news.
There are always new trends emerging, and staying on top of them sheds light on some profound and innovative concepts. So, how do you get started? Join some professional groups on LinkedIn and follow some of your favorite companies and thought leaders.