ECO Blog: Winter Break Career Planning

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

We hope your finals have gone well and that you are enjoying the beginning of a rejuvenating winter break. This will be the last edition of the weekly ECO Newsletter until January 4, 2022. When you're ready to turn your attention to career planning, the ECO will be here. We will have open advising hours on January 7, 13, and 14 before the semester begins. Sign up through Handshake to get a headstart on the spring recruiting season/attend the ECO Orientation in January. More info on the January Orientation is forthcoming. Check out our upcoming list of events in the newsletter, which span industry, job function, and sector.

Our advice for the next two weeks? Celebrate your successes from the last few months; you've worked hard. Make a list!  Then take inventory in how you want to spend your break. If you decide to focus on career planning, here are some suggestions below:

Career Planning from A-Z: Check out the ECO's Career Planning Timeline. Use the timeline in conjunction with the Hoos Career Guide. Then visit our Industry Overviews and Professional Development pages. Use Handshake for your list of employers to start and supplement with the Vault Guides in Collab and CareerShift in Handshake. For resume writing and designing your LinkedIn profile, use the AI tool, VMOCK. Please note that the ECO recommends creating your resume in MSWord and then uploading it to VMOCK. Please do not create your resume in VMOCK. (The templates are difficult to modify later.)

Winter Break Project/Micro-Internship/Part-Time Work/Case Competition/Upskilling Experience: Gain work experience and build skills over winter break. Alumni in our very own UVA network have posted projects for our students in the Virginia Alumni Mentor Network's list of projects! Also, check out MicroInternships through ParkerDewey. Take a free online course through Coursera or LInkedIn Learning and upskill during your break! Courses are free using your UVA computing id as your login. Click the links to review courses/scroll down to see some courses the ECO and UVA Career Center have highlighted for their relevance to the labor market.

Prizes and Surveys! Thanks to everyone who filled out evaluations from our ECO programs this semester. We had nine winners! Two more names will be chosen from our ECO appointment evaluations and end-of-semester check-in survey, which will go out this week. On that note...

Keep a lookout for the ECO's end-of-semester survey. By telling us where you are in your graduate school, internship, or job search, you will be entered into a drawing to win gift cards to shops on The Corner, Econ face masks with our Econ logo, and Econ Department stickers! Many students will be selected to receive prizes!

Have a wonderful winter break!


Selected Coursera Courses - Click here for more details.

Business Courses 

  • Foundations of Business Strategy
  • Fundamentals of Project Planning and Management
  • Design Thinking for Innovation
  • Agile Meets Design Thinking
  • Digital Transformation
  • Cybersecurity Roles, Processes, & Operating Systems
  • IT Security
  • Operations Management: Analysis and Improvement Methods
  • Operations Management: Strategy and Quality Management for the Digital Age


  • Excel Skills for Business (4 Course Specialization)
  • Project Management & Other Tools for Career Development (5 Course Specialization)
  • Data Visualization with Tableau (5 Course Specialization)
  • Excel to My SQL: Analytics Techniques for Business (5 Course Specialization)
  • Cybersecurity (5 Course Specialization)
  • Agile Development (5 Course Specialization)

Students: Please login into Handshake for more information about Business Coursera courses.  

Technology Courses 

  • UX Design Fundamentals
  • Blockchain Basics
  • Exploring and Preparing Your Data with BigQuery
  • Google Cloud Platform Big Data and Machine Learning
  • Google Cloud Fundamentals
  • Business Transformation with Google Cloud
  • Al for Everyone


  • Python for Everybody (5 Course Specialization)
  • Data Science (10 Course Specialization)
  • Deep Learning (5 Course Specialization)
  • Agile Development (5 Course Specialization)

Students: Please login into Handshake for more information about Technology Coursera courses.  

Science & Sustainability

  • Introduction to Sustainability
  • Global Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility: Be Sustainable
  • Programming for Everybody (Getting Started with Python)
  • Introduction to Data Science in Python
  • First Steps in Making the Business Case for Sustainability
  • Sustainable Vikings: Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility in Scandinavia
  • Our Earth's Future
  • Google Cloud Platform Fundamentals: Core Infrastructure
  • Strategy and Sustainability
  • Global Health Security, Solidarity, and Sustainability through the International Health Regulations
  • The Science of Success: What Researchers Know that You Should Know


  • GIS, Mapping, and Spatial Analysis (4 Course Specialization)

Students: Please login into Handshake for more information about Science & Sustainability Coursera courses.  

Education, Counseling, & Youth Development

  • Leading for Equity Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education
  • TESOL Certificate Part 1: Teach English Now!
  • TESOL Certificate Part 2: Teach English Now!
  • ADHD: Everyday Strategies for Elementary Students
  • The Science of Training Young Athletes
  • Resilience in Children Exposed to Trauma, Disaster, and War: Global Perspectives
  • Voices of Social Change
  • Disability Inclusion in Education: Building Systems of Support
  • Blended Learning: Personalizing Education for Students
  • ICT in Primary Education: Transforming Children's Learning Across the Curriculum
  • Health, Housing, and Educational Services
  • Critical Issues in Urban Education
  • Introduction to Multilingual and Multicultural Education

Students: Please login into Handshake for more information about Education, Counseling, & Youth Development Coursera courses.  

Public Service & Government

  • Design Thinking for the Greater Good: Innovation in the Social Sector
  • Global Diplomacy: the United Nations in the World
  • Local Economic Development
  • Intro to Nonprofit Sector, Nonprofit Organizations, Nonprofit Leadership and Governance
  • Planning for Climate Change in African Cities
  • Market Research and Consumer Behavior
  • Healthcare Delivery Providers
  • Data and Health Indicators in Public Health Practice
  • Public Policy Challenges of the 21st Century
  • Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Private Businesses, Part I
  • International Organizations Management
  • Cybersecurity Roles, Processes & Operating System Security
  • Project Management
  • Data Analysis with Python
  • Politics and Economics of International Energy

Students: Please login into Handshake for more information about Public Service & Government Coursera courses.  

Creative Arts, Media, & Design

  • Fundamentals of Graphic Design
  • Journalism, the future, and you!
  • Getting Your Film off the Ground
  • Project: Use Canva to Create Social Media Marketing Designs
  • Guitar for Beginners
  • Script Writing: Write a Pilot Episode for a TV or Web Series


  • Graphic Design (5 Course Specialization)
  • UI/UX Design (4 Course Specialization)
  • Creative Writing (5 Course Specialization)
  • Music Production (4 Course Specialization)

Students: Please login into Handshake for more information about Creative Arts, Media, & Design Coursera courses.  

We also offer a Career-Ready Collection (all taught by Darden faculty).  

Career-Ready Collection

Google Collection