You're Home on Holiday Break - Now What?

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It's December, the time when college students return home and hope to find part-time work for some extra money. It's not a bad idea, but maybe try a job that actually interests you this year. It's funny how work you actually enjoy doesn't always feel like work - sometimes it's a great learning experience, especially for those people who are a bit undecided career-wise. My advice is to begin calling companies of which you have a particular interest and ask a simple question: do you need help over the holidays?

This is easier said than done, of course. If you can afford to work for free (and put in some hours at a part-time job), companies may be more interested. A friend's daughter is in school to be a teacher and working at a local school for a few weeks when she's home. No, she's not getting paid but I'm sure she'll learn more than I learned in many of my graduate classes.
Hands-on experience: there is nothing like it. It's what separates you from everyone else in your major. It's something I wish I would have thought of in college; instead, I worked retail during my holiday break.
People say hindsight is 20/20 and it's quite true, so learn from my mistakes. Make calls now to organizations what would need your help - local non-profits or small companies. Who knows, if you impress them they might ask you back for the summer.

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Amy Muldoon graduated from Penn State University in 2005 and worked in corporate public relations for three years before returning to graduate school to become an English teacher. Her strengths include: drafting speeches, writing talking points for media interviews, making corporate presentations, and writing for publications.

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