Ten Tips To Staying Productive Over Winter Break

Ahh, the fall semester is finally over and we’re all looking forward to going home and binge watching our favorite Netflix series in fuzzy winter-patterned pajamas, downing questionably large amounts of  our mom’s homemade hot chocolate and avoiding the polar vortex at all costs. While it’s important to relax and take a breather after a crazy semester, it’s also important to make sure you use your winter break in a productive way so that you’re not behind when it’s time to come back to campus.

Winter break is the perfect time to get started on job and internship searches, and accomplish things that you haven’t had time to over the course of the semester. Here are ten tips to staying productive over your winter break.

1) Catch up on Netflix/other TV shows.

You probably weren’t expecting that to be the first thing on the list (if you were even expecting it on here at all). BUT, winter break is a time to relax and unwind, and we’re not going to tell you otherwise. It’s hard to stay caught up on your favorite TV shows during school, so why not catch up now? This will increase your productivity by getting rid of something that’s been nagging at the back of your mind–we know you’ve been dying to know what’s been happening on the latest adventures of The Walking Dead. Now, your curiosity can be satisfied.

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2) Organize your room at home.

If you’re like us, you probably didn’t bring all of your belongings to school with you. It’s time to go through your bedroom at home and figure out what you can donate or get rid of. The graphic t-shirt from 2008 hanging in your closet that’s no longer funny can probably go.

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3) Research and apply for jobs or internships.

Well, of course this is going to be on here. Utilize your MyCCO account and other websites out there to look for jobs and internships. The job research and application process is time consuming and exhausting. It’s hard to find time to research all of the possible internships out there, and even harder to find the time to complete the applications. Some places will have you take cognitive tests or write essays. It’s better to get these things out of the way while you’re not taking classes so that you aren’t stressing yourself out, trying to find time for them when you come back.

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4) Work on your professional brand.

Now is the perfect time to spruce up your resume, write cover letters, add to your portfolio and, clean up your LinkedIn profile. Haven’t had time to update your stuff this semester? Add any valuable experience you may have had to your resume or any new projects to your portfolio. Also, use this free time to write personalized cover letters for all of the companies you want to apply to, even if their application hasn’t come out yet. You most likely already know what you want to say, so you may as well do it while you have the time to write a good cover letter. Be sure to check out our Pinterest for a lot of good tips and tricks.

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5) Read a book (for fun).

Reading takes up a good deal of time, and nothing is more captivating than getting caught up in a good book.

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6) Find ways to earn extra money.

After Christmas, you’re either extra broke from buying presents for all of your friends and family, or your bank account is feeling extra happy after all the gift money you’ve gotten. Either way, look for ways to earn a little extra cash. This could be something as simple as babysitting your cousins or shoveling your neighbors’ driveways. Having some extra money saved up will take even less stress away once you get back to campus.

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7) Get in shape.

Healthy body=healthy mind. If you aren’t looking to drop some extra cash on a gym membership, look up ways to stay in shape and exercise at home. With all the free time you’re probably not used to having, why not try to get in shape? Some extra push ups here and there will help to keep off those extra pounds from all slices of Aunt Karen’s pie you’ve eaten over the holidays.

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8) Apply for scholarships.

Did you know there are thousands upon thousands of scholarships out there? And you can get them for something as simple as being a girl, taller than 5’10? Do some research and apply for scholarships that may be applicable to you. Applying for scholarships is another time consuming thing that is often forgotten about during the school year, but can be very helpful once you sit down and put some effort into it.

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9) Brush up on some old hobbies/ practice some new skills.

Is there anything you’ve been dying to try, but haven’t had time? Or maybe you used to play the piano, but haven’t had time to keep up with it? Now is the time to start practicing again! Been meaning to make some of the recipes you’ve seen on Pinterest? We’re sure your parents wouldn’t mind letting you take the reigns in the kitchen while you’re home. Winter break is the perfect time to try new things or practice old things.

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10) Don’t sleep all day.

While it’s important to catch up on sleep, and it’ll be nice being able to sleep in your bed at home without your 7:30 AM alarm buzzing in your ears, try not to devote too much time to sleeping this break. Not only will it mess up your sleeping schedule for when you come back to school, but it’ll make you less productive during the day. Try to find a happy medium and be consistent over your break.

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Follow these tips and you’ll come back from break fully refreshed and organized. We’ll be open during break during normal drop in hours, but if you’re going home, you can always stop by when you get back to have us check over your freshly edited resume and cover letters. We’re happy to help. Have a great winter break, Boilermakers!

Why Always Having A Notebook On Hand Is Essential For Your Job Search

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Between studying for finals, managing your extracurricular activities and balancing your social life, it can be hard to stay on top of your job search. You may have reached out to a company via an email in October, then let it slip your mind to follow up as you got busier throughout the semester. This is why having a notebook on hand is one of the most important tools in your job search.

With hundreds, if not thousands, of companies out there that you could apply to work for, keeping track of your job search progress can be difficult if you don’t stay organized. While some may prefer to stay organized digitally, with a Microsoft Word or Excel document, I love having everything written out. I feel like writing things out helps me remember them better, and can be much quicker than opening up a Word document, typing things out, saving it, etc., etc., but to each their own.

Anyways, with second semester quickly approaching, prime internship application time is almost upon us (unless you’re in one of the majors that begins the internship search early on in the fall semester, then you probably already have your plans for the summer made).

For me, I have a notebook categorized by the various industries I plan on applying to (I am a Visual Communication Design major, but am interested in everything from advertising to hospitality). The categories are indicated by color-coated post it notes visible from the top of the notebook.

Within these categories, each page is a different company. I have the company listed at the top, along areas for me to note if I have already reached out to them via phone, e-mail, or LinkedIn, when their applications are released, etc. I also note use this space to note if I have been rejected, invited to an interview, or if I’ve been offered a position already, and what their acceptance deadlines are. If I happen to know someone within the company, I also note this on the page along with any attaching any business cards I may have from the company.

I reserve the bottom halves of the pages for notes. These notes can range from anything I feel I need to mention in my cover letters to any research I may have done on the company. Sometimes, I’ll randomly think of interesting things about myself or minor accomplishments that I may have previously overlooked that I think would be beneficial to mention to certain companies. Since I usually don’t have time to sit down and crank out a cover letter the second I have these thoughts, it’s been extremely helpful to have my notebook on hand in my school backpack so that I can jot these thoughts down to save for another time.

While having handwritten notes with color coated Post-It notes may not be for everyone, it is still important to find out a way to stay organized in your job search. If you are much more comfortable using your phone, then by all means, do so. Having everything in one place can send a tremendous amount of time and stress, and being organized and persistent in your job search is just as important as having a strong resume to back you up.

How to reduce end of semester stress

Do you have a long list of things to do before the end of the semester? With all of the last minute projects, papers, and presentations, it is easy to get stressed out. Here are 7 tips to reduce your end of semester stress.

1. Don’t stress about being stressed.

This is the most important tip! Don’t beat yourself up about being stressed. It is important to recognize that this is normal. All you have to do is figure out the most effective coping mechanisms. Focusing on your stress will only make it seem worse.

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2. Get sleep.

While it may be difficult to have a set sleep schedule in college, it is imperative that you make it a point to get as much sleep as possible. Getting more sleep will help your mind and body recharge, refocus, and re-balance. Pick a night each week to go to bed early. Take a nap in between classes. This will help you feel more energized and ready to tackle the rest of your school assignments!

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3. Eat food.

Because of our sleeping habits, our eating habits are often poor. We are always on-the-go, looking to have a meal that is quick and easily accessible. With all of the late night study sessions, we tend to get hungry late at night. Be more aware of what (and when) you are eating. Go for the healthier and balanced food options: fruits and veggies, whole grains, and protein. These foods will fuel your body and give you longer lasting energy.

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4. Get exercise.

Exercising can be a great way to reduce stress. At minimum, try to do a 30-minute workout each day. You can rock out to your favorite music while on an elliptical at the gym. Another option would be to walk to your favorite restaurant for dinner. Look for ways to add exercise in to your daily routine! You will feel so much better!

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5. Have quiet time.

When was the last time you had alone time in college? We are constantly surrounded by people, whether it be in our dorm room, house, gym, dining courts, restaurants, classes, etc. Finding some peace and quiet every once in a while could get you back on track and reduce your stress.

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6. Have some fun.

It is important to have study breaks to give your brain time to rest. During these study breaks, get your friends together and have some fun. By being together, you may help each other reduce the stress you are feeling from school.

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7. Keep trying.

Lastly, if there comes a time when you feel like you simply have too many school assignments to do, you must keep trying. Make yourself a schedule to plan when you will complete all assignments, exercise, eat, and sleep. While this may seem a little excessive, it will make you feel like you have a better handle on your life!

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The day will come when you are completely finished with everything. We’re so close to the end of the semester! KEEP GOING!! Don’t let anyone stop you from trying your best.

Internship Spotlight: Cameron Fevig

Cameron_FevigMajor: Computer and Information Technology
Year: Junior

Where did you work this summer?
JPMorgan Chase in Chicago

What was your role?
Application Development Summer Analyst

What were your duties?
I collaborated with an agile application development team by participating in code reviews and iteration planning. I also completed an error report for an extensive data analysis project working with a major banking application

What were your objectives/goals/desired outcomes for this internship?
Gaining a better understanding of how technology is used in the financial services industry

Did you meet them?
I learned a great deal about the different technologies used in financial services, so yes

What part of your internship did you enjoy the most?
Living and working in downtown Chicago

How did you learn about the position?
Industrial Roundtable

What was the application process like?
Applied in the fall, submitted resume and applied online, 1 on-campus interview, and then received an offer a few weeks later

Any tips for landing an internship?
Do your research and prepare for career fairs. Don’t be afraid to tell a recruiter exactly what you are looking for and why you are interested in the positions they offer. Network!

Fellowships Opportunities in Greece

Anatolia College in Thessaloniki, Greece is offering fellowship opportunities to students graduating in May 2015. Anatolia College has been hosting recent US college grads for one-year academic fellowships. The program focuses on those students interested in applying their liberal arts, human and international relations skills in an educational setting.

Anatolia is a private educational institution with 3 subdivisions: Anatolia Elementary, Anatolia High School, and the American College of Thessaloniki (a four-year NEASC-accredited university-level division with undergraduate and graduate studies).

Fellows will engage in activities ranging from teaching English and leading student clubs to auditing undergraduate and graduate courses.

All fellows are provided full room and board plus 1000 Euros for one round trip to/from Greece and a monthly stipend of 400 Euros (approximately 500 USD).

Types of Fellowships Offered

Art Fellow
The Fellow’s primary appointment is working as a teaching assistant in the Anatolia College Art Department. The fellow will assist faculty during elementary, middle school and high school art classes, with guidance from the Art Department faculty. The fellow will also work with individual students on portfolios, personal, statements, etc. for their university applications. Additionally, the fellow will advise one of the extra-curricular school clubs.

College Counseling Fellow
The Fellow’s primary appointment is to assist the college counselors in the US College Counseling Office. The responsibilities of the fellow will include working with students in the college application process (working with students to enhance their profiles for US colleges, to understand the US educational system and application process, and to express themselves in writing), as well as assisting in the organization of other special programs run through the office.

Elementary English Fellow
This Fellow’s primary appointment is to assist the English teachers in the Anatolia College Elementary School. The fellow will assist with English lessons, taught within an interactive, communicative framework. With the supervising teacher(s), the fellow plans storytelling, games, read-aloud activities, and other creative projects that keep the children engaged, while fostering their English-speaking and English-literacy development.

Middle/High School English Fellow
The Fellow’s primary appointment is to the English Department (7th-12th grades) of Anatolia College. The responsibilities of the fellow will include assisting teachers in the classroom, creating and executing lessons, working with students after school, and pursuing educational research projects. Additionally, the fellow will advise one of the extra-curricular school clubs.

Resident Assistant/Admin Fellow
The Fellow’s primary appointment is as a Resident Assistant in Anatolia College Boarding Department. The fellow is responsible for the supervision of students and duty hours in the Boarding Department Office. The fellow is required to be on duty in the evenings and on weekends. The fellow will also advise one of the extra-curricular school clubs.
Additionally, the fellow will work 5 hours per week in the President or Vice President’s office on various projects/administrative tasks, including research, grant writing, etc.

Student Services Fellow
The Fellow’s primary appointment is to assist the staff in the Student Services Office with various daily administrative tasks. Other responsibilities include assisting in the organization of extra-curricular activities (theater productions, athletic tournaments, Forensics, etc.) and helping club advisors. The fellow will also work closely with the advisors of English-speaking clubs (newspapers, magazines, musicals, Forensics, MUN, etc.).

School Counseling Fellow
The Fellow’s primary appointment is to assist the psychologists in the Office of Psychological Services. The responsibilities of the fellow will include facilitating workshops on time management, study skills, etc. for high school students, as well as meet with individual students as necessary. The fellow will also provide academic support to special education students, as well as work with teachers regarding students’ accommodations. Additionally, the fellow will assist with various administrative tasks. The fellow will also advise or co-advise one extra-curricular school club.

Service Learning Fellow
The Fellow’s primary appointment is to assist the Student Development Center Offices to implement, track, and evaluate the various service learning opportunities offered to students on and off campus. The fellow will also assist in teaching a service learning course to all high school students involved in a service project. Additionally, the fellow will assist the Director of US College Counseling to find internship/mentorship opportunities, as well as new summer program opportunities for students. The fellow will also advise or co-advise one extra-curricular school club.

How to Apply:
To apply, you must first attend a mandatory informational webinar (offered on multiple dates in December and early January ). After attending the webinar, you will receive a link to the online application and further instructions to complete your application (including how to submit your CV/Resume,Statement of Interest, and Two Recommendation Letters).

To register for the informational webinar, please email Ms. Leighanne Penna, fellows@anatol ia.edu.gr.

For more information download the brochure

Introverts, Extroverts, and How to Work with Them

This blog was contributed by CCO Ambassador Andy Kapitan

You often hear the words, “Introvert” or “Extrovert” thrown around but do you really know what they mean? Unfortunately these characteristics can sometimes carry negative connotations with them but the truth is they are a legitimate part of one’s personality.  These personality differences may even be caused by a structural difference in the brain!

So let’s start at the brain. Studies have shown that an introvert’s brain is highly reactive, while an extrovert’s is less reactive. This means that for introvert’s, they are receiving tons of stimulation from the outside world, and as a result need to spend more quiet time to process all this information. Extroverts however, receive a lot less stimulation from the outside world which causes them to strive to be around people more and receive as much stimulation as possible.  There have been experiments using a drop of lemon juice on test subjects’ tongues, and the introverts produced noticeably more saliva than extroverts!

So now that you know the basics of why someone is an introvert or extrovert. Here are some examples of commonalities among each personality type:

Extroverts Introverts
Attuned to external environment Drawn to their inner world
Work out ideas by talking them through Work out ideas by reflecting on them
Learn best through doing or discussing Learn best by reflection, mental “practice”
Have broad interests Focus in depth on their interests
Sociable and expressive Private and contained
Readily take initiative in work and relationships Take initiative when the situation or issue is very important to them

So you may have noticed that you have qualities that fall into both categories, which is normal because not everyone is the same. However, despite these differences you will often find yourself working with someone who is the opposite personality type of you. This can indisputably become difficult at times, but we’re here to help. Here are some tips for working with each personality type:

Working with Extroverts Working with Introverts
Allow extroverts to openly brain storm and refrain from judging any ideas Provide time and space for uninterrupted thoughts
Allow extroverts to work with others as much as possible Run your meetings with an agenda and have pre-assigned tasks
Encourage their enthusiasm (especially in front of others) Get to know your introverts one-on-one
Let them dive right into the work Communicate in writing
Inform them of any change in plans as soon as possible

CCO LinkedIn Discussions: Oct. – Nov. 2014

Here are all the Discussions posted on the Purdue CCO LinkedIn Group from October to November 2014. Enjoy!

1. Career Fair and Interview Tips from Purdue Alumni and Recruiters

Alumni, from experience, what advice do you have for students going to the career fairs and preparing for interviews?
Recruiters, what are some of the things students have done to impress you at career fairs or during interviews?

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2. What is YOUR Dream Company?

Share your dream company to work for and WHY you want to work for them. Recruiters and alumni: see students identifying your company? Check out their profiles!

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3. Things to do Before You Graduate

Students and alumni, what are some of the things you think students should so before graduating? Feel free to share some of your personal experiences.

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 4. How to Research a Company Before an Interview

Students, alumni, and recruiters, what are some of the ways you would recommend researching a company before an interview?

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5. How do You Make Your Day More Productive?

The final stretch of the semester is underway and workload is increasing for many students. Alumni, recruiters, and students: what are some of the things you do to get more done in less time? Read our blog, ‘7 Ways to Improve Your Productivity‘ for more tips!’

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Want to get join get involved in future Discussions and get updates when new discussions are posted? Join the Purdue CCO Linkedin Group!