Summer is a time of relaxation, a break from the crazy stress of classes, and a chance to log in some serious Netflix time. While you enjoy your summer, however, there are a few things you can do to be productive and prepare yourself for the fall:

1.     Update your resume.

Update your resume. Working a summer job? Add that. Summer, for most people, is when they have the most free time. Relish in the fact that you have this time to make your resume perfect. Check out NAU Career Service’s resources as well as various online websites. Then, by the time fall comes and you’re back up in Flagstaff searching for a job, you won’t have to stress about your resume!

2.     Start networking!

If you don’t have time to volunteer or join clubs in the fall, now is the time! Finding somewhere in your major/job field to volunteer is a great way to get experience without the stress of finding a job. Not only is this a great way to get connected with the community and do something good, but it’s great to put on a resume. Volunteering also helps network and can open the doors for a future job position. Other ways to network are joining local organizations or teams. You never know who you’ll meet at an event.

3.     Apply for jobs.

If you are searching for a position in the fall, it’s best to be ahead of the game and search this summer. A lot of jobs (especially on-campus) will be posting their positions starting now to late summer. These are usually filled quickly so it’s best to start early.

4.     Prepare for any standardized tests coming up.

Tests like the MCAT, LSAT, or the GRE require a lot of studying. Why not start now? Game of Thrones or Gossip Girl can wait.

5.     Start a project.

Business major? Start a small online business. Interested in film? Watch every movie on the 100 Best Films of All Time. Doing something small, but relevant, will make you feel productive and you’ll be able to say you did something awesome instead of watching Netflix all summer!

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