Freshman Friday: Winter Break Checklist

Every Friday, we’ll be highlighting some helpful information specifically for first-year students. Today we’re giving you something to do over Winter Break — don’t worry, it won’t take too much time! You can view all the previous Freshman Friday posts here.

Your Winter Break checklist should also include catching up on sleep

Winter Break is a time for relaxation, and you certainly deserve it after completing your first semester here at Michigan. Because of that, we’re giving you a Winter Break checklist that contains only one item: talk to people!

Sounds easy, right? Let me clarify. We’re not looking for you to just talk to people, but to learn a few things that will help you down the road as you further explore your career interests. Over break, try connecting with 1-3 people (friends, family, neighbors, etc.) and ask them some questions:

  • How did you discover your career path?
  • What do you enjoy most about your work? Why?
  • What are some things you did in order to prepare for that career?

If you share similar interests, the answers to these questions will be directly useful. But even if you’re not interested in that path, this exercise accomplishes two things. First, hearing about others’ career development can give you ideas about your own process, even if you’re talking about two different types of industries or jobs. And second, asking these sorts of questions is great practice for future informational interviews with people who do work in your anticipated career.

All of us at The Career Center hope you have a great Winter Break, and we look forward to seeing you in-person and right here on this blog at the start of next semester!

2 Responses to Freshman Friday: Winter Break Checklist

  1. Tania Mulry says:

    This is great advice for any college student, whether they are sure of their path of have no idea what they want to do with their career. Developing the ability to network with professionals will help with interviewing, building rapport with clients, and negotiating with your boss!

    Plus, you may discover new passions and career paths that you never would have considered. Good luck!

  2. I’m already a college graduate myself and I too find this to be excellent advice for freshmen. From my experience, this really does go well with having friends who have the same interests and career choices as you. I for one would never have met the writing professionals if it weren’t for the connections my writer friends had with them back in my college days.


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