Finals are just around the corner, and then before you know it your student will be home for the winter break.
Congratulations! As your student prepares to spend some time away from campus over the winter break, here's what you can help your students do at home while they are on break. Your home community is full of opportunities! Have a joyous holiday season and a restful winter break.
FIND A JOB SHADOWING OPPORTUNITY:
Job shadowing (or clinical observation) is a great way for your student to learn more about a particular occupation. Most Shadows involve spending a full day or part of a day with a professional at his/her place of work observing what a typical day entails. Shadows also give your student an opportunity to ask specific questions they may have about a particular occupation, and may help your student expand their professional network of contacts. Shadows also are particularly useful if your student is undecided about a major or potential career options that may evolve from a major. For more information about shadowing, click here.
CONDUCT INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEWS:
Shadowing is just one type of networking. You may also want to consider informational interviews. Informational interviewing is the process of gathering career information from people who are already working in target occupations, organizations, or geographic locations. Both the content of the information and the process of gathering it will help your student to refine their goals and possibly discover some new ones. Informational interviews can happen in person, over the phone, or through e-mail. If conducted in-person, these interviews usually last about 20 minutes. and can help your student both gain information and network.For more information about networking, visit the Professional & Career Development networking page at: http://www.drake.edu/career/students/theessentialsofnetworking/.
FIND A VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:
Setting up a short-term volunteer experience while at home is a great opportunity for your student to serve the local community, enhance their resume and personal brand, and enhance their learning experience. Below is a list of questions your student may want to ask the community agency they are interested in serving, as well as suggestions to help them in the process.
QUESTIONS TO ASK THE AGENCY
The Office of Community Engagement and Service-Learning, Professional and Career Development services, and Academic Excellence and Student Success are all great resources as your student seeks to maximize the long winter break.