Ready for Spring Break? Why You Should Skip the Parties and Focus on Your Career

Mar 18, 2014 - Joe Matar

James Franco said it best in his movie Spring Breakers: “Spring break. Spring break. Spring break fo'ever!”

OK, so your spring break may not involve holding up a restaurant to fund your vacation or working with a drug dealer. But it can be just as productive.

When you’re in the final stages of your college career, you may want to throw all productivity out the window. But this crucial time can contribute to your future career. This spring break, don’t go the stereotypical route -- have a productive “vacation” that ensures you’re on the right track come graduation time.

Here are some ways to stay productive this spring break:

1. Kick your social habits up a notch

Studies indicate that employers scour social networks to find the perfect candidate. While you may not have graduated yet, kicking your social presence into overdrive can set the stage for your future job search.

Blogging about your professional adventures can help shape you as a candidate. Creating an online job search campaign helps you stand out from the crowd. Straight interaction with your dream organization also puts you in a great light. When a hiring leader stumbles on your social platforms, you’ll have enough content to prove you know your stuff.

2. Discuss your job search with mentors

Your mentors can be an important part of your job search. They can recommend you for a job or advise you on how to navigate your career. After all, an internship employer or a professor has been there before; they understand the industry and can give you key pointers to ensure success.

3. Take on more work in your internship

It’s no surprise that internships are the key to landing an entry-level job. Increase your chances of landing a full-time job by taking on some additional projects this spring break.

Since you may have more time on your hands, ask your internship employer what you can do to help. This shows your dedication to the organization and your eagerness to learn more, which are both attractive qualities in a potential hire.

4. Create a job search plan

It’s smart to start looking for a job before graduation. During your time off, start a job search plan. Make a list of your ideal companies, qualities you’d like in a position and salary requirements. In addition, create a spreadsheet that manages where you’ve applied, contact information and whether or not you’ve followed up.

The job search can be complicated -- be on top of it before you begin. (Click here to tweet this thought.)

5. Have fun

There are plenty of ways to have fun during your spring break, some of which can benefit you in the long run, like volunteering for your favorite organization or attending networking events or virtual meetups. While these activities don’t exactly scream “spring break,” they’ll positively contribute to your career -- and you’ll have fun doing them, too.

What happens on spring break shouldn’t stay on spring break. Use these five productivity tips to ensure you’re ahead of the competition and nabbing your dream career before anyone else.

What do you think? What are some other productivity tips you can use this spring break?

Ashley Mosley is Community Engagement Manager at InternMatch, an online platform connecting the best intern candidates and employers. Connect with Ashley and InternMatch on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.