7 Ways to Set Yourself Up for Success This Quarter!

Spring quarter has arrived at the University of Denver; we’ve made it to the home stretch of the academic year! Whether you have set your summer plans or are still deciding what life might look like in the next few months, there is still time to seek out internships, research projects, and job opportunities. Here are a few tips to start the spring quarter out strong and invest in your career development!

Connect with alumni and friends of DU to explore career paths and summer opportunities. There are a number of exciting opportunities to learn from and connect with our alumni community this spring quarter, whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student. If you’re interested in the outdoors, are exploring careers in business, or curious about the health & wellness fields, there are some great alumni and friends who are excited to meet you!

Spring-clean your resume or CV. Have you taken on a leadership position this year, or started a new research project? Now is a great time to update your resume to reflect the great work you’ve done this year, even if you aren’t in the job or internship hunt. Feel free to connect with our Peer Advisors, or meet with a Career Advisor to update your resume!

Secured an internship but need funding? Be sure to get your application in for the Summer Internship Award Program! Each year, Career & Professional Development awards stipends to students from a number of different majors who are pursuing unpaid internships across the country. You can learn more about our award program here; the application deadline is April 19.

Still seeking an internship or job? Connect with our Career Advisors and consider attending one of our two career fairs this spring! Careers with a Cause, to be held on April 18, is a great fair for students interested in healthcare, government, nonprofits, or sustainability. Our Just in Time Career & Internship Fair features employers from a number of industries, and will take place on May 9. Both fairs serve as awesome opportunities for graduate students and alumni to connect with employers as well.

Refresh your wardrobe with the Career Closet! Did you know that Career & Professional Development recently launched its Career Closet thanks to our Graduate Fellow, Chloe Theobald? You can find it in the Hub, Room 106B; drop-in hours are hosted periodically throughout the quarter and appointments are available by request.

Thinking about graduate school applications? Letters of recommendation are such a crucial part of the admissions process, and deadlines can come quickly in the fall, spring, or summer. You might want to reach out to your recommenders before leaving campus; this is especially important if you are graduating this spring or summer. Take your professors out for coffee or set up a meeting during their office hours to discuss your interests and make that ask!

Take time to slow down and reflect. Spring quarter can be a busy time for our campus community, but taking a few minutes to stop and reflect can lead to great results as you map your career path. Consider your values, interests, and skills; how might they intersect to build a meaningful career? Ask yourself: What are you most enthusiastic about, and what things in your life provide you with the deepest sense of fulfillment? What would you say is your proudest accomplishment this year?

Have a wonderful spring quarter and know that Career & Professional Development is happy to support you with each of these seven tips! Let’s go for a walk and do some vocational reflection.

By Kimberly English
Kimberly English Career Advisor Kimberly English