Plan a Skill-Building Summer

It may only be spring, but summer will be upon us before you can say April Fools’. Have you thought about what you’ll be doing this summer? Some think of summer as a time to hang out with friends and work on the old tan. Others use it as an opportunity to get ahead and work on their resume. One of the best ways to do that is by acquiring skills to put on it. How do you know what skills to acquire?

The best way forward is to work backward. For example, say you know you want to go to graduate school for forestry. What sort of skills would help you get into forestry school—skills you CAN’T get in a classroom? Can you volunteer at a state park or intern at an environmental agency?

The important concept to understand is that while having a college education is important, the degree itself won’t be enough. Take action now to think about how you can use those hot and lazy months to your advantage. You can still use your summer to work on that tan—just make sure you have a plan!

 

 

 

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