Suddenly, the end of the semester is rapidly approaching. As you begin to prepare for exams and Dartmouth's first-ever six week vacation between fall and winter terms, here are 10 ways to keep moving forward with your career over break:

  1. Participate in Career Services Job Shadowing program. Over 300 alumni and parents are offering to share their expertise with current students through a job shadowing opportunity. You should have received information on the program via blitz on Friday, November 2; if not -- contact Career Services at 603-646-2215.
  2. Find a regional Dartmouth alumni club in your area. Any parties or programs planned? Contact the leadership and ask if you can be of help. Why is this a good strategy -- even if you feel intimidated? Dartmouth alumni and regional club leaders enjoy talking to current students, especially those who are interested in getting to know them! Many alumni may also have potential hiring needs -- or leads on local employers who are seeking students.
  3. Reach out to an alum and ask about an informational interview. Check out the Dartmouth Career Network -- we have over 23,000 alumni who have volunteered to help. Ask questions, get advice, and strategies you can put to use in your job or internship search. (Check out suggested questions and best practices on contacting alums here.)
  4. Interested in moving to a city different from where you went to high school? Plan a trip on your own or with friends -- and invite Dartmouth alumni to join you for coffee on an individual basis. Scope out a city, industry, or career field. The choice is yours.
  5. Explore projects and volunteer opportunities at non-profit organizations through
  6. If you live in a community affected by Superstorm Sandy or any other challenging situation, volunteer. It's highly likely you'll meet others in the process who are interested in learning about you, and how they can be of help to you. Even if you don't make any networking connections useful for your job search, you still have another item for your resume.
  7. Help attract talent to Dartmouth. Contact the Admissions office and see how you can help out with local initiatives in your hometown or high school.
  8. Volunteer at your high school.It's always nice to preserve and strengthen relationships with former teachers, coaches, and staff.
  9. Prepare for your job or internship search. Deadlines for applying for winter term interviews don't start until January, but you'll be able to see who's coming to campus starting November 19 in DartBoard.
  10. Allow yourself time for a long winter's nap. Make sure you catch up on the sleep you missed over exam week -- and get ready for a great January!