Make the most of your summer

This is a guest post written by We Connect Students. If you would like help or advice on anything in this post (or anything else careers-related), remember we are open all summer, pop in and see us on drop-in, call us, or use our e-guidance service.

For many students the summer holiday is tantalisingly within sight and for a lucky few, it has already begun. Nearly four months of stress-free bliss is the reward for weeks and weeks of essays, revision and exams.

But with such a long time until the new academic year begins, it can be easy to fritter away this golden opportunity to enhance your career prospects.

This may not be what you wanted to hear, but being productive for just a small part of your lengthy holiday will put you in good stead, regardless of how far down your university journey you are.

So with that in mind, here are five handy tips on how to have a productive summer holiday:

Work experience
There is no down side to getting work experience. Gaining hands-on experience in an area you would like to work in after university will not only look fantastic on your CV, it will also give you an idea of what goes on in an office environment, as well as preparing you for a life or 9-5. You may think you’ve left it too late to find some work experience, but there are still plenty of companies looking to take on students over the summer period if you are willing to do the research.

Volunteering is great to have on your CV as well as being a really rewarding experience. From helping out with local projects to taking part in schemes across the globe, volunteering has something for everyone. There are some fun opportunities out there, for example volunteering for charities at one of the many festivals around the country, so it is well worth looking into.

Part-time work
These coming months of zero responsibility may seem like an ideal time to develop a close bond with your pyjamas and sofa, but only the most dedicated sloth will be able to go this long without doing anything. Getting a part-time job is a great way of filling your days and earning some money while you are at it.

Learn a new skill
These days employers are looking for a lot more than just a graduate with a degree. If you can show that you have other skills that could be of use, particularly computer skills (Excel, Photoshop, InDesign etc.), your chances of landing a graduate job will be improved no end. Courses are available at a wide range of prices, so it is worth hunting around for the best deal. You can take them online or offline, so the opportunities to get on an affordable course are plentiful.

Update your CV
If you really don’t have the inclination to do any of the above and instead have plans to complete every single computer game you have ever owned, then you could at least spend half an hour updating your CV. You will have learnt some valuable new skills over the past year, so put them down while they are still fresh in your mind. This way you won’t miss them out when you are hastily cobbling together a job application in a year or two.

So there you have it. These were We Connect Students five tips to a productive summer. If you have any other ideas, then leave them in the comment section below.

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