How to make the most of your summer holidays

Graduation might seem a comfortingly long way off, but after it happens you might miss the freedom you had at university. When you’re a wise old graduate in full-time employment, you don’t want to look back on those long stretches of summer holidays and think about all the things you could have done. Here are some things that could help you make the most of it...

 

Get a job

In an ideal world, you will find a summer job that’s relevant to your course. But even if you’re limited to making coffee all summer, or doing something else that has nothing to do with your future career plans, any job can teach you valuable skills that employers look for, such as organisation, responsibility and communication. Check out the Plymouth employability hub to find summer work.

 

See the world

Think you should be enjoying yourself and that there’s plenty of time for work once you’ve got that degree in the bag? Then get out there and go travelling. Explore exotic, far off places with a tour group; pack in loads of capital cities by Interrailing around Europe. Or stay closer to home and discover some local adventures. Walk the South West Coast Path, or be the highest person in the UK by climbing Ben Nevis.

 

Volunteer

Instead of spending the whole summer lying around watching Netflix (everything in moderation), make a difference to other people’s lives. It also looks great on your CV and can give you loads of transferable skills. For local volunteering opportunities, visit do-it. If you want to travel and volunteer at the same time, try a charity like World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms that has hundreds of farms around the world, from Cornwall to Canada.

 

Do an internship

One of the most sure-fire ways to get a foot on your chosen career ladder? Internships. Increasingly seen as a valuable thing in any graduate’s toolbox, they give you a sneak peak into the area you want to work in, as well as being a great opportunity to gain experience and make contacts. Once you’re at uni, your department can often help you find internships or work placements.

 

Network

Start making contacts that might come in useful later on. You don’t even have to leave home – email companies you might like to work for one day. Ask them about work experience opportunities and if there is any experience they look for that could set you apart from the pack.

 

Student Life magazine - Summer 2016 issue 3