5 Ways to Make Winter Break Work for You

1) Find a Summer Job. Many seasonal employers finalize their summer hires by late February or early March. Positions are often posted in December or January, making Winter Break the ideal time to conduct your summer job search. Get a head start and complete your summer job applications over Winter Break.

Marine Biology Minors and Alumni can join our LinkedIn groups for regular job/internship postings:

Current Students: UW Marine Biology Student Group

Alumni: UW Marine Biology Alumni Group

2) Brush up your resume! The new year is a great time to take stock. What have you accomplished in the past year and how are these accomplishments represented on your resume or C/V? Need help getting start or finding the right format? The UW Career Center has resources to help.

3) Update your LinkedIn Profile. Did you know that LinkedIn has more than 330+ million users, of which 40+ million are college students or recent grads? What does this mean for you? If you are not currently using LinkedIn to showcase your talents and research professional connections, then you are already behind! Follow the LinkedIn blog for best practices and new features.

3) Apply to spend a quarter at Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL) in 2015!  The FHL 2015 application is available online now. FHL courses and research apprenticeships are open to all UW students, as well as students at other universities or community colleges around the world!

Application deadlines:

Spring 2015 – January 25

Summer 2015 – Feb 1

Summer REU 2015 – March 1

Autumn 2015 – May 15 (early review) & July 1

Need help planning? Email marbiol@uw.edu to set up an advising appointment.

4) Gather Reference Letters. Think ahead – will you be needing a letter of reference in the year ahead for a grad school, scholarship, or program application? Many programs require at least one letter of reference from a faculty member who know you well. Some programs also like to see a reference from a supervisor who is familiar with your work outside of the classroom. Use the break to prepare a list of potential letter-writers and reach out to them to see if they would be willing to write a letter on your behalf. Sending a copy of your current resume and a link to your LinkedIn profile is considered a best practice. It can also be helpful to include a copy of the job/grad program/scholarship description in your initial correspondence. If you are requesting a letter from someone you haven’t seen in awhile or don’t know very well, offer to meet with them to discuss your interests, etc.

5) Schedule a check in with your academic adviser(s)!  Winter Break is a great time to review your academic progress and update your 4-year plan. It’s also a good time to meet with an adviser to declare a major/minor, discuss your career aspirations or plan ahead for study abroad.

The Marine Biology Advising Office in FSH 116 will be open over winter break:

8:30 AM – 4:00 pm (closed noon-1 daily)  on the following days: 12/15, 12/16, 12/17, 12/30, 12/31, and 1/2.

The office will be closed 12/18-12/29 and 1/1.

Please schedule an appointment by emailing marbiol@uw.edu

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