By: Pat Donahue
Welcome to 2019!
A new year is a chance to evaluate how the last year went and how you want to improve your life.
For many students, it’s a chance to see where they currently are and determine where they want to be by 2020.
It is a time of personal and professional change.
No more binging on Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu.
No more Fortnighting until 3AM.
No more midnight cookie runs to Baked!
More trips to the SRSC.
More time in the library.
More time planning your career.
Yes, I snuck that one in there.
Deciding what career you want to pursue is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life.
The good news is that Indiana University provides a tremendous amount of resources to assist freshmen and sophomores in your career planning: self-assessment, resume writing, career communities, and summer jobs and internships.
Here’s the catch: you have to be motivated to take advantage of these opportunities.
If you make one resolution this year, resolve to meet with a career coach and develop a career plan.
University Division students have assigned career coaches in the Career Development Center. To make an appointment, just go to https://cdc.indiana.edu/step-one/index.html#pre-scheduled-coaching
Students in Schools have career coaches in their respective career services office. A list of career services offices can be found at https://career.indiana.edu/students/index.html
Each student is unique, so your career coach will work will you to develop a career plan that focuses on helping you achieve your goals and aspirations.
Your individualized career plan will be broken down into manageable steps so you will not be feel overwhelmed.
And it will give you flexibility and time to explore careers so you will make informed decisions.
When you resolve to have a plan in place that you are implementing a little each week, you are creating a career ladder will take you step by step where you want to go.
And for your efforts, you should reward yourself by binging the “Best of the Office” openings, such as Kevin spilling his giant pot of chili all over the floor.
Or a midnight run with friends for a dozen hot out of the oven chocolate chip cookies with Hershey Kisses afterbake.
You can always schedule an appointment with your assigned Career Advisor to talk about your part-time job search, internship search and help with building your resume. You will find their information listed in your MYJOBS account. Students who have questions about the part-time job search can also come to drop-in advising at the Career Development Center (625 North Jordan) from 11-3PM, every Friday.