Maximize Your Holidays

It’s that time of year again. The halls are decked, the trees are trimmed, and you’re cramming for exams. But if you take a minute to stop and breathe in a little holiday spirit, you’ll realize that it’s the little things that count — and there are little things you can do right now that will make a big difference down the road.

That’s because in a tight job market, even entry-level workers will need to be highly qualified to stand out. And today’s less-than-stellar economy means aspiring IT professionals would do best to maximize their assets and their time, getting as much education and experience as possible in the shortest amount of time.

With the semester winding down, there are several good ways you can do just that.

1. Study for a certification while studying for exams.

Hey, you’re already hunkered down in study mode, right? Why not register to take a certification exam during this time? That way you can graduate with a credential — or more — already under your belt. You can prepare by filling out all your paperwork, making sure you have proper identification and scheduling an exam at a local test center. Or if you’re not in the financial position to take the exam yet, devise a strategic savings plan that can help you achieve your goal.

2. Get hands-on experience.

Sure, you need a winter break to relax, refresh and prepare to work hard again next semester. But that doesn’t mean you…


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