Are you looking forward to spring break? Well of course you are, who wouldn’t be excited! You will probably want to use this week to de-stress from midterms and take a break from your textbooks. I know I am tempted to watch mindless shows on Netflix while taking multiple naps. However, do not forget to use this time to work on yourself and build identity capital. The following five videos are a great way to build your knowledge base and can easily be watched in-between crafting, working out and spring cleaning.

  1. Crash Course

For those a little rusty on World History or want to know more about economics, Crash Course is the perfect way to watch 10-20 minute videos to teach yourself different topics. The information is explained in a straightforward, humorous way so that you don’t get bored while watching. Learning information outside of your major can help make you a well-rounded person and allow you to initiate conversations with others to expand your network.

  1. Oprah Winfrey on Career, Life, and Leadership

Have you ever wondered how Oprah Winfrey became so successful? Emulating powerful people is a key strategy to become more comfortable in leadership positions. Listen to how she speaks and the tips she gives on how to be accomplished in life.

  1. Why Leaders Eat Last

Simon Sinek, a Career Specialist and inspirational speaker, explains how to create an environment at work that allows everyone to feel comfortable, fulfilled, and safe. His motivational words will give you hope in finding a job after college that will get you excited to go to work every day.

  1. How to Answer Behavior Based Questions

This style of interviewing includes asking questions about how you would react to the theoretical situation in order to gauge how you would function in that actual position. Understanding how to structure your answer will demonstrate to the interviewers your strongest qualities.

  1. Five Tips from a Career Specialist

Interviews are nerve racking and difficult, but they don’t have to be impossible. Watch this video to hear about some ways you can stand out in your interview. With summer internship deadlines quickly approaching, you want to be ready to ace the interview.

Also, if you want in person help, NAU Career Development offers free mock interviews to build upon your strengths and work on your weaknesses! Make an appointment through your Handshake profile.

Spring break provides you with a whole week to focus on you and integrate new concepts. When watching the videos, don’t forget to apply the information to your life. Maybe you aren’t a leader yet or don’t have an interview in the next couple of months, but all of the information is extremely valuable to your career.

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