The British summer is full of festivals, day drinking, and soaking in the sun. So, the last thing you might have in mind is your career. But just because you’re working on your career doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun. Times have changed, and many workplaces offer a much better work-life balance, so there’s no reason not to take this time to get a head start on your future.
Taking a break from your summer break to plan your career will save you a lot of trouble and stress once uni starts up again. This is the perfect time to start juggling work and play. So, if you’re ready, here are four things you can do to ensure that your summer isn’t just fun but also productive.
1. Visit Your Uni Career Service
Everything the campus has to offer, from facilities to services, is paid for with your tuition. That includes the uni career service. Before summer begins, make it a point to visit there and get some help with what you can do to make the most of your storm.
There, they can help with everything from proofreading your CVs to helping with applications and interview preparations. They can put you on the right path towards the future you want. As long as you’re honest and open-minded, you should be able to pick up some valuable insight and information from your visit. If you’re not able to visit them on campus before the summer begins, you could always contact them via phone or email.
2. Update Your CV
Updating your CV is something you can get started with on your visit to your uni career service. Plenty of places will be hiring and looking for interns in the summer, and you want to make sure you at least have a shot at getting their attention.
Another thing you should update about your CV is its presentation. There are plenty of templates online that you can tweak to your liking. Make sure it represents you and your achievements well. This is how you get the attention of employers. If you’re thinking of applying to multiple places, you can also adjust it to be more specific to each company. That’s a touch that will be highly appreciated. It can emphasise your attention to detail and initiative.
3. Expand Your Skill Set
Now, this is where you should have some fun. When you think of attending classes in the summer, your first reaction might be to cross that off the list right away. But expanding your skillset doesn’t just apply to attending traditional classes. You should try learning new skills related to your interests, hobbies, or future career. You can do this through an internship, getting a job and more.
Even if the skill you want to learn has nothing to do with your chosen path, you never know when it might come in handy—for example, learning a new language, taking photography classes, or art lessons. You can try and explore things that will add to your experience and general knowledge, benefiting you in the long run. You’ll find that learning never stops, so take the chance while school is out to learn something you want.
The Bottom Line
Summer is a much-needed break from assignments, exams, and early classes. This is time you can use to do more towards the career you want. Take this opportunity to learn something new and explore what’s out there. The experience you gain will help you navigate how you want your life to turn out after graduation. You can have your cake and eat it too. You just have to be thoughtful about time management and willing to put in the effort.
So, if you’re ready to take that step towards your future, this is your time. The UK Careers Fair hosts the most exciting career events around the country. Here you can explore so many possibilities and maybe even find your dream job. Browse through our website to learn more and visit one of our upcoming events soon!
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