How to Move Toward Your Future in July

We’re halfway through 2020 and so far, nothing has gone according to plan, anywhere, for anyone. If you’re feeling a bit bewildered and adrift, it’s okay. Here are some things you can do to start moving forward.

  1. Unclench your jaw, relax your shoulders, take a deep breath.
  2. Consider applying for a virtual internship with Virtual Student Federal Service. Yes, they hire humanities majors — many of the projects require foreign language, writing, cultural insight, and research skills.  Learn the wide range of things that government agencies do, in the US and around the world, while you develop relevant experience. Of course, you should weigh the costs and benefits before accepting any unpaid internship. Applications are accepted throughout July.
  3. Recognize that an uninspiring summer job is not the end of your career development for the summer.
  4. Take advantage of the free LinkedIn/Learning courses available to you with your NetID and password. Familiarity with some business concepts and vocabulary can help you better understand the relevance of your humanities skills to a wider range of jobs.
  5. Start assembling your portfolio of writing samples so you have them ready when you need them to apply for internships or jobs. Not sure how to start or what to use? Attend our virtual workshop on Writing Samples and Your Creative Portfolio: Tuesday, July 7, 4pm. RSVP to get the Zoom link here.
  6. Fill out your Parker-Dewey profile (including uploading a profile picture) and start applying for microinternships.
  7. Identify some professionals you’d like to reach out to for advice and arrange informational interviews.  Not sure where to start, or what you want to know? The HPRC can help guide you to alumni mentors. Schedule your own appointment or email humanitiesprc@illinois.edu.
  8. Update your resume and get it reviewed at the HPRC. Even if you’re not applying for things at the moment, having your resume ready when classes start in the fall will make it easier for you to participate in virtual career fairs, apply for internships and other opportunities, and build relevant experience. Need help getting started? Register for our virtual workshop on writing an effective resume: Thursday, July 9,