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If you’ve met with me in person for your internship search you’ve likely heard me say ‘A little bit of stress is ok because it can be used as a motivator to make your search a priority, but a large amount of stress is not good because it will cripple you, and stop you from being successful’.

Last week Northwestern students began their 2012-2013 academic year. Within 6 days of stepping back on campus most students have:

  1. Moved across the country with all of their belongings
  2. Said goodbye to loved ones that they won’t see again for months
  3. Paid way too much for books and supplies for classes
  4. Attended their first classes on topics they have never studied before
  5. Met at least 30 new people

And they also…

  1. Attended Organization or Company Information Sessions
  2. Rewrote their Resume(s)
  3. Started writing Cover Letters
  4. Attended a Career Fair
  5. Networked with over 20 employers

So to say that these 10 activities could add stress on the Northwestern student is an understatement! Let’s talk about ways to minimize the stress of all of this activity so when it comes time to apply for jobs and internships we are our best self.

Attend CAPS Workshops
Locations: CAPS Life Skills Center; 3rd Floor Searle Hall; 633 Emerson St.
or Abbott Hall, 5th Floor for Chicago Campus

  • Stress Management 101: A Four-Part Workshop
  • Introduction to Mindfulness: A Four-Part Workshop
  • Drop-In Meditation Group (registration not required)
  • Biofeedback: A Four-Part Workshop (Please note that registration is preferred.)
  • Relaxation Techniques: A Four-Part Workshop
  • Drop-In Stress Management and Peak Performance Training

Visit the CAPS Stress Management Resource Center starting October 9th – December 13th, Rm. 3.234, Searle Hall (registration not required) Tuesdays, 3:00-5:00 pm; Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30 pm; and Thursdays, 9:00 am-12 pm and 2:00-5:00 pm.

Meet with University Career Services
Locations: 620 Lincoln Street or CareerLab in Main Library 2nd Floor Core Reserves

Most students feel they can find an internship or job on their own. But students who use UCS often remark they learned about new resources, clarified their career goals, received valuable help with self-marketing tips, etc.

Make an appointment to come up with a plan for your job or internship search. Or make an appointment to help you decide on your career path by calling 847-491-3700.

Create a Calendar and Plan Ahead

Use Plan-it Purple and the Events Listings on CareerCat so you never miss a deadline!

To log on to CareerCat go to Northwestern Student CareerCat Access

To go to the Plan-it Purple Calendar for UCS go to http://planitpurple.northwestern.edu/calendar/76

These are just a few Tips, but I hope it helps you Stay Healthy and Safe, Northwestern!