Back From Holiday Break: The Opportunities


Lisa Alioto

02 January 2021 38 comments

It’s hard to believe that the much anticipated holidays are already over.  How did those days fly by so quickly?

But here we are, back at school or getting ready to return.  Time to say good-bye to family and our friends from home.  It’s time to put our brains back to work and to the test.  Are you ready?   Let’s shoot for a resounding YES!

New Classes, New Opportunities

Depending on your school system, it may be a time to start the school year with new classes and new teachers.  What a fabulous opportunity to impress yet another professor.  And another great opportunity to network with your classmates.   While they may be your classmate now, it won’t be long before they are your job competitors and critical network group.  So, let’s quick chat about that!

School can be a time to set yourself apart from the crowd.  Who is that crowd – your classmates.  But these same people may someday be applying for the same jobs that you are applying for.  Take a moment and think about that. How can you set yourself apart from them?  By joining a club?  Through becoming a teacher’s aide?    Getting on the honor roll?   School isn’t just about the present but it’s about your future.  What can you do now that will set you apart from the crowd in the job opportunities of the future?

Besides being your competitors, they can also be part of your future network.  They may be the connection in the chain to you getting a particular job. As the saying goes, it’s not always what you know, but who you know.  Build a strong reputation for yourself now and it will serve you well in the future!

Have Some Fun Too

While school is a great time to set yourself apart from your colleagues and network, I would be remiss if I didn’t highlight that it’s also the time to have fun.  Let’s face it, for most of us our responsibilities are lower in university then they are after graduation.

Take advantage of this time to experiment and have some fun!  Try new things, go to new places, and build a diverse group of friends!   In short, have some well-deserved fun!  School is a great place to learn and build the foundation of your career; however, it’s also a great time to get to know yourself better too!  Explore a bit and have some fun with it.  Once your career takes off it’s possible you may not have as much time to do some of these things!

What Opportunities Do You See Returning to School Brings?

Are you going back to school this month?  If so, what opportunities do you see for yourself?  Or, are you like me and it’s been a while since you’ve been in school?  If so, what do you wish you would have done more (or less) of?

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38 thoughts on “Back From Holiday Break: The Opportunities

  1. Kayleigh Zara says:

    I’m returning to uni on the 19th of January and in quite excited for it – although here in the UK we might switch to online teaching! X

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Online learning will be quite the switch!

  2. I finished University (& so school) a few years ago! Though I don’t see myself going back, I really wished I’d enjoyed it for all it had to offer! With all the activities and things they have for you to get involved in outside of your studies!

    Katie |

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Me too – I wish I would have been more of a well rounded student and taken advantage of all my school had to offer

  3. I was never keen on school when I was a kid, and I disliked going back to school after the holidays! I love that this post highlights the positives of returning to school!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Thank you Sophie! I always found it hard to return too – these extra reasons helped!

  4. The school is amazing and what we can learn if we put in the effort to learn more and study more. However, it’s over here but would love to get back if have the chance.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      I love the academic atmosphere too – but I don’t miss the homework

  5. So important to take advantage of what school has to offer! Even outside of classtime.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Yes! Yes! Yes!

  6. Loved this! It’s always exciting getting back to a new term and having a new start xx

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Isn’t it? 🙂

  7. Students have so much opportunity. I hope they heed your words.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      I agree – now more then ever they have a lot of opportunities availed to them

  8. I finished school a few years ago but it was always exciting to have a new start and see friends again! I also really loved having a set routine for school. I find it hard to stay on a routine nowadays haha!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      I agree – the routine of school was nice and helped keep things on track!

  9. I always enjoyed coming back into school or uni after a break as a change to reinvent myself. I have to say that this year I’m very happy to have graduated and to not have to deal with the stress of online learning!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Congratulations on your graduation!

  10. Charity says:

    I have to go back to work on the 4th so everything will be totally back to normal for me. But I am excited for a fresh new year of possibilities!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      I am too Charity – who knows what lies ahead for us this year! Exciting!

  11. School is behind me now, but I’m heading back to work tomorrow after the office closed over the holidays. It’s going to be a busy week playing catch up! Thanks for posting your reflections on heading back to the grindstone!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      You are welcome – I’m heading back to work full-time too A part of me is looking forward to a steady structure!

  12. I loved this, I always used to dread going back to school but this made it seem alot more positive!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Oh – I’m so happy Helen Louise!

  13. This is such a lovely post. I love the start of a new year. I always feel refreshed and it brings so many opportunities to make changes and improvements in my life.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      I completely agree Kelly Diane!

  14. I’ve been studying online for a full semester now, and actually find I prefer it. I’m meeting a lot of talented people, too. Lots of networking opportunities.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      That’s fabulous Christopher!! Best of luck to you!

  15. I’m not in school but this is great inspo for the new year! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Anika |

    1. Lisa Alioto

      You are welcome Anika! 🙂

  16. I work in a university which will primarily be online this semester, you have given some great advice here.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      I’m glad you liked it Kelly!

  17. I miss the school atmosphere and hope we resume soon. Can’t wait to get things started.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Best of luck to you on your return to school Anika!

  18. It’s back to work for me tomorrow, but this is some great advice for students! I always used to enjoy returning to school after a break. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      You are welcome Raji – my pleasure!

  19. I’m a university student so quite familiar with the return to studies in January, although I’m currently on my year abroad so not going back feels very strange!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Wishing you much fun on your year abroad Emily!

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