10 Ways to Maximize Your Break

In lieu of a long winter’s nap, take a short one and consider these 10 ways to get closer to your career goals over break:

  1. hopkins_center_snowParticipate in the Center for Professional Development’s Job Shadowing program. Over 100 alumni and parents are offering to share their expertise with current students through job shadowing opportunities and short term projects. Learn more here and sign up by December 1 to participate in the program. Miss the deadline or want some sample questions to ask? Check out our Networking Guide, available through the Resource Library on DartBoard.
  2. Find a regional Dartmouth alumni club in your area. Any parties or programs planned? Contact the leadership and ask if you can be of help. Why is this a good strategy – even if you feel intimidated? Dartmouth alumni and regional club leaders enjoy talking to current students, especially those who are interested in getting to know them! Many alumni may also have potential hiring needs — or leads on local employers who are seeking students.
  3. Reach out to an alum and ask about an informational interview. Check out the Dartmouth Career Network – we have over 23,000 alumni who have volunteered to help. Ask questions, get advice, and strategies you can put to use in your job or internship search. (Check out suggested questions and best practices on contacting alums here.)
  4. If you want to move to a new city or town for an internship or on a permanent basis, plan a trip on your own or with friends – and invite Dartmouth alumni to join you for coffee. Scope out a city, industry, or career field. The choice is yours.
  5. Explore projects and volunteer opportunities at non-profit organizations through Idealist.org
  6. Interested in internships, jobs or courses that require an in-depth knowledge of Excel? Use your Dartmouth e-mail address to register to use skillsX. Complete a short course in mastering Microsoft Excel and create a digital portfolio to show what you know.
  7. Help attract talent to Dartmouth. Contact the Admissions office and see how you can help out with local initiatives in your hometown or high school.
  8. Volunteer at your high school. It’s always nice to preserve and strengthen relationships with former teachers, coaches, and staff.
  9. Prepare for your job or internship search. Deadlines for applying for winter term interviews don’t start until January, but you’ll be able to see who’s coming to campus starting through the Recruiting Tab in DartBoard. You can start applying for positions on December 19.
  10. Allow yourself time to rest. Make sure you catch up on the sleep you missed over exam week – and get ready for a great January!

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Learn to Master Microsoft Excel: Week 16 Excel Hacks!

Welcome to the final Excel Hack of the Week!

Microsoft Excel is the most widely used program for data and numerical analysis. It is used in every industry and all areas of academic study. Learn to master this powerful tool with online instruction brought to you by skillsX and the Dartmouth Center for Professional Development.

The Excel Hacks of the Week are select clips from the skillsX video library* demonstrating Excel’s most useful and powerful capabilities. Each week the CPD will send out two videos, one geared toward beginners and one geared toward more experienced users. Here are the videos for week 16.

Rookie: How can Excel make my life easier?

Week 16: Modifying Cell Styles http://www.skillsx.com/topic/x101-119/

Experienced: How can I do more, faster and more efficiently with Excel?

Week 16: MID Function http://www.skillsx.com/topic/x111-113/

The full array of videos can be found at www.skillsX.com, where you are welcome to register free of charge. Don’t see a tutorial on a task you are trying to do? Just leave a comment on the Speak Up! page (see top menu) and we’ll add it. New videos every week!

*skillsX Video Library http://www.skillsx.com/reference/video-library/*

Learn to Master Microsoft Excel: Week 15 Excel Hacks!

Welcome to the Excel Hack of the Week!

Microsoft Excel is the most widely used program for data and numerical analysis. It is used in every industry and all areas of academic study. Learn to master this powerful tool with online instruction brought to you by skillsX and the Dartmouth Center for Professional Development.

The Excel Hacks of the Week are select clips from the skillsX video library* demonstrating Excel’s most useful and powerful capabilities. Each week the CPD will send out two videos, one geared toward beginners and one geared toward more experienced users. Here are the videos for week 15.

Rookie: How can Excel make my life easier?

Week 15: Copying and Pasting http://www.skillsx.com/topic/x101-112/

Experienced: How can I do more, faster and more efficiently with Excel?

Week 15: ERROR Filtering http://www.skillsx.com/topic/x111-110/

The full array of videos can be found at www.skillsX.com, where you are welcome to register free of charge. Don’t see a tutorial on a task you are trying to do? Just leave a comment on the Speak Up! page (see top menu) and we’ll add it. New videos every week!

*skillsX Video Library http://www.skillsx.com/reference/video-library/*

Learn to Master Microsoft Excel: Week 14 Hacks

Welcome to the Excel Hack of the Week!

Microsoft Excel is the most widely used program for data and numerical analysis. It is used in every industry and all areas of academic study. Learn to master this powerful tool with online instruction brought to you by skillsX and the Dartmouth Center for Professional Development.

The Excel Hacks of the Week are select clips from the skillsX video library* demonstrating Excel’s most useful and powerful capabilities. Each week the CPD will send out two videos, one geared toward beginners and one geared toward more experienced users. Here are the videos for week 14.

Rookie: How can Excel make my life easier?

Week 14: Freeze Panes http://www.skillsx.com/topic/x101-109/

Experienced: How can I do more, faster and more efficiently with Excel?

Week 14: Data Validation List http://www.skillsx.com/topic/x111-104/

The full array of videos can be found at www.skillsX.com, where you are welcome to register free of charge. Don’t see a tutorial on a task you are trying to do? Just leave a comment on the Speak Up! page (see top menu) and we’ll add it. New videos every week!

*skillsX Video Library http://www.skillsx.com/reference/video-library/*

Learn to Master Microsoft Excel: Week 13 Excel Hacks!

Welcome to the Excel Hack of the Week! 

Microsoft Excel is the most widely used program for data and numerical analysis. It is used in every industry and all areas of academic study. Learn to master this powerful tool with online instruction brought to you by skillsX and the Dartmouth Center for Professional Development.


The Excel Hacks of the Week are select clips from the skillsX video library* demonstrating Excel’s most useful and powerful capabilities. Each week the CPD will send out two videos, one geared toward beginners and one geared toward more experienced users. Here are the videos for week 13.

Rookie: How can Excel make my life easier?

Week 13: What is a Function http://www.skillsx.com/topic/x111-106/

Experienced: How can I do more, faster and more efficiently with Excel?


Week 12: MATCH Function 
http://www.skillsx.com/topic/x111-103/

The full array of videos can be found at www.skillsX.com, where you are welcome to register free of charge. Don’t see a tutorial on a task you are trying to do? Just leave a comment on the Speak Up! page (see top menu) and we’ll add it. New videos every week!

*skillsX Video Library 
http://www.skillsx.com/reference/video-library/*

Learn to Master Microsoft Excel: Week 12 Excel Hacks!

Welcome to the Excel Hack of the Week!

Microsoft Excel is the most widely used program for data and numerical analysis. It is used in every industry and all areas of academic study. Learn to master this powerful tool with online instruction brought to you by skillsX and the Dartmouth Center for Professional Development.

The Excel Hacks of the Week are select clips from the skillsX video library* demonstrating Excel’s most useful and powerful capabilities. Each week the CPD will send out two videos, one geared toward beginners and one geared toward more experienced users. Here are the videos for week 12.

Rookie: How can Excel make my life easier?

Week 12: The Context Menu http://www.skillsx.com/topic/x101-106/

Experienced: How can I do more, faster and more efficiently with Excel?

Week 12: INDEX Function http://www.skillsx.com/topic/x111-105/

The full array of videos can be found at www.skillsX.com, where you are welcome to register free of charge. Don’t see a tutorial on a task you are trying to do? Just leave a comment on the Speak Up! page (see top menu) and we’ll add it. New videos every week!

*skillsX Video Library http://www.skillsx.com/reference/video-library/*

Learn to Master Microsoft Excel: Week 11 Excel Hacks!

Welcome to the Excel Hack of the Week!

Microsoft Excel is the most widely used program for data and numerical analysis. It is used in every industry and all areas of academic study. Learn to master this powerful tool with online instruction brought to you by skillsX and the Dartmouth Center for Professional Development.

The Excel Hacks of the Week are select clips from the skillsX video library* demonstrating Excel’s most useful and powerful capabilities. Each week the CPD will send out two videos, one geared toward beginners and one geared toward more experienced users. Here are the videos for week 11.

Rookie: How can Excel make my life easier?

Week 11: The Context Menu http://www.skillsx.com/topic/x101-105/

Experienced: How can I do more, faster and more efficiently with Excel?

Week 11: Amending Chart Data http://www.skillsx.com/topic/x121-105/

The full array of videos can be found at www.skillsX.com, where you are welcome to register free of charge. Don’t see a tutorial on a task you are trying to do? Just leave a comment on the Speak Up! page (see top menu) and we’ll add it. New videos every week!

*skillsX Video Library http://www.skillsx.com/reference/video-library/*

Learn to Master Microsoft Excel: Week 10 Excel Hacks!

Welcome to the Excel Hack of the Week!

Microsoft Excel is the most widely used program for data and numerical analysis. It is used in every industry and all areas of academic study. Learn to master this powerful tool with online instruction brought to you by skillsX and the Dartmouth Center for Professional Development.

The Excel Hacks of the Week are select clips from the skillsX video library* demonstrating Excel’s most useful and powerful capabilities. Each week the CPD will send out two videos, one geared toward beginners and one geared toward more experienced users. Here are the videos for week 10.

Rookie: How can Excel make my life easier?

Week 10: Semi-Anchored Referencing http://www.skillsx.com/topic/x101-123/

Experienced: How can I do more, faster and more efficiently with Excel?

Week 10: Copy Across Sequence http://www.skillsx.com/topic/x102-108/

The full array of videos can be found at www.skillsX.com, where you are welcome to register free of charge. Don’t see a tutorial on a task you are trying to do? Just leave a comment on the Speak Up! page (see top menu) and we’ll add it. New videos every week!

*skillsX Video Library http://www.skillsx.com/reference/video-library/*

Learn to Master Microsoft Excel: Week 9 Excel Hacks!

Welcome to the Excel Hack of the Week!

Microsoft Excel is the most widely used program for data and numerical analysis. It is used in every industry and all areas of academic study. Learn to master this powerful tool with online instruction brought to you by skillsX and the Dartmouth Center for Professional Development.

The Excel Hacks of the Week are select clips from the skillsX video library* demonstrating Excel’s most useful and powerful capabilities. Each week the CPD will send out two videos, one geared toward beginners and one geared toward more experienced users. Here are the videos for week 9.

Rookie: How can Excel make my life easier?

Week 9: Absolute Addressing http://www.skillsx.com/topic/x101-122/

Experienced: How can I do more, faster and more efficiently with Excel?

Week 9: Auto-SUM with Alt + = http://www.skillsx.com/topic/x102-113/

The full array of videos can be found at www.skillsX.com, where you are welcome to register free of charge. Don’t see a tutorial on a task you are trying to do? Just leave a comment on the Speak Up! page (see top menu) and we’ll add it. New videos every week!

*skillsX Video Library http://www.skillsx.com/reference/video-library/*

Learn to Master Excel: Week 8 Hacks

Welcome to the Excel Hack of the Week!


Microsoft Excel is the most widely used program for data and numerical analysis. It is used in every industry and all areas of academic study. Learn to master this powerful tool with online instruction brought to you by skillsX and the Dartmouth Center for Professional Development.


The Excel Hacks of the Week are select clips from the skillsX video library* demonstrating Excel’s most useful and powerful capabilities. Each week the CPD will send out two videos, one geared toward beginners and one geared toward more experienced users. Here are the videos for week 8.

Rookie: How can Excel make my life easier?

Week 8: Relative Addressing http://www.skillsx.com/topic/x101-121/

Experienced: How can I do more, faster and more efficiently with Excel?

Week 8: Use Timing Flags http://www.skillsx.com/topic/x201-27/
The full array of videos can be found at www.skillsX.com, where you are welcome to register free of charge. Don’t see a tutorial on a task you are trying to do? Just leave a comment on the Speak Up! page (see top menu) and we’ll add it. New videos every week!

*skillsX Video Library
http://www.skillsx.com/reference/video-library/*