How To: Make the Most of This Year’s Experiences

Here’s to you, 2011

A new year, a new semester. For some of you, it may be your last. Semester that is.

New beginnings are a perfect time to reflect and set goals for your professional life. Truth is, there’s a short way and a long way to go about doing it. This week we’ll start with the short way. It is, after all, the epicenter of Christmas-New Year’s chaos. Thought we’d let you thoroughly enjoy what’s left of the holiday season and wait until next week to have you consider “real work.”

 

Reflecting where it matters most

Take five minutes of your life to update your LinkedIn profile. It’s that painless.

In our New York Creative Interns skillshare class we spend time talking about how to optimize LinkedIn profiles. Don’t wait until your next job or internship search to update your online resume. Spend a few moments improving your summary, experience and skills today.

Need pointers on where to start?

What projects are you most proud of? Translate those experiences into accomplishments (using data points if helpful) and newfound areas of expertise.

What is something epic you’ve achieved? Think of how little you knew beforehand and what you gained through the process of that big endeavor. Edit your account accordingly.

Break the year into semesters or quarters if you need to. Really think about what was different during that time period. If you have a bird’s eye glance of those chunks, what key things can you note?

New York Creative Interns reflecting

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Maybe you learned a few lighting techniques in an intermediate photography class. Or maybe you taught yourself how to do something cool through the internet. Add that type of information to LinkedIn and you’re golden.

 

Go the extra mile

Interested in next steps? Get the how-to on resume and cover letter writing. Maybe even kick it up a notch with our Interview Workshop this January.

 

You deserve a pat on the back

Spending several minutes reflecting and updating your LinkedIn in advance will save you a ton of time and when you’re actually ready to search and apply for internships. We encourage you to comment with a humble brag:

What exciting qualifications made it under your belt this year?

 

Looking back’s like a walk in the park. Looking ahead is going to be more of a challenge, but it’s one we’ll face together beginning next week. Feeling the love with your New York Creative internship experience? Don’t forget to let us know.

About the Author

Judi was the mentor of NY Creative Intern Tushar Khandelwal in 2011. She is currently available for work in all areas of digital marketing, and her passion is the arts. Find her on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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