Back From Holiday Break: The Opportunities

It’s hard to believe that the much anticipated holidays are already over. What opportunities lie ahead upon the return to school?

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?

38 thoughts on “Back From Holiday Break: The Opportunities

  1. 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

  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 |

  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!

  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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

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