Undergraduate Blog / Career Development

What Happens After 5PM

So your workday is finished. You’ve completed all your assigned tasks, sat in on all your meetings, and actively contributed to your team. Now what? After working a full 8 hours each day, it may be tempting to crawl into bed and chill for the night. However, there are many other activities you can resort to instead of seeing what’s new on Netflix, even though that may seem like the best idea.

  1. Do your chores/run errands: You might not want to hear this one, but seriously, if you’ve been holding off on laundry or washing dishes, this is my personal invitation for you to get that done. You’ll thank yourself for it. Need to buy groceries? How about sending out mail/packages? Yeah, check those off the list too while you’re at it.
  2. Explore your surroundings: This is especially applicable if you’re in a new area. Look up some popular attraction sites on Google around you and see them for yourself. Another platform to find cool spots is on Instagram. Remember your phone is charged for this one! You’ll want to take some pictures and find your way back home.
  3. Meet up with friends: After work is a perfect time to hang out with friends. Tagging onto the last point, you can also explore places with your friends! It’s a great way to catch up and spend time together. You can learn how they’re spending their Summer and any exciting future plans. This is also a perfect opportunity to try out new food places. Let me know if you find something good!
  4. Learn new skills: You can also use your free time to learn something new. For example, if you want to take on Photoshop or InDesign, check out Lynda/LinkedIn Learning videos (courtesy of Babson) or simply see what’s on Youtube. It’s a great way to use your time productively and expand your skill set. What do you want to learn this Summer?