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CAREER / 14 December 2016
3 Quick Tips to Refocus on your Career Path After A Holiday Break
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Clay McKnight

Getting back in your daily groove can be hard after a holiday break. You may find it difficult because you miss your friends and families, and the time you spent over the holiday was amazing. But it’s time to focus on your career and doing everything you can to learn the skills you need to get hired after graduation. 

Here are the 3 best tips that I found helpful for getting back on track and refocusing on classes:

1. Get your life organized. 

After the holidays, things tend to get a bit messy. After everything is cleaned up and the decorations are put away, it can actually start to feel like you can get back to the work grind. Start to plan out your life for the semester. Schedule time for studying, homework, and of course, a social life. An app called My Study Life can help you organize your classes, homework, and exams. Planning your schedule right when you get to school will help you get back into your daily groove and make sure you ace this semester. The more organized you are, the better you will be able to determine how to distribute your time among everything you need to do. Additionally, you may find time to learn about social media marketing, for example, and gain skills outside of what you learn on campus. 

2. Just go to class. 

This seems obvious... until you get bored of class. Resist the temptation to spend another day in bed, and instead get out. This will help you focus on school, and suddenly, the holiday break will be just a fun memory to share. Going to your classes and actively participating will really help keep your mind focused on classes so you can keep your grades up. Attendance is key to anyone’s success, but especially that of a young professional. If you choose attend, the chances of participation are better. Participating in lectures, meetings, events, anything really can help you build your soft skills. Here is a list of the most important soft skills you can possess and show to a recruiter or hiring manager. 

3. Do what you did last semester. (Or analyze what went wrong.) 

If your semester before the break was a success, then you should repeat your actions that made it a success. If it worked once, it will probably work again. If you didn’t have such a successful semester last time, then you better sit down and reflect on how you can make this one better. Reflecting helps because you can clear your mind and point to what needs to get done. Don’t think for a few minutes in the shower. Don’t reminisce on the toilet. Really sit down and think. Personal analysis can lead to correcting your actions and prevents repeating your failures in the future. This will really help you shape your college career into a fun and fulfilling college experience, but it will also get you into the habit of making better choices at your next job and in life as well. Analyzing and testing is part of what you do at most jobs for the purpose of knowing what works and what does not. 

These are just a few things that can help you focus on getting back on track after the holidays. Feel free to comment any suggestions if you think of your own! 

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