How to make the most of your summer

25/05/2017 15:34

About five minutes

June means one thing. The beginning of summer! Three months off is a long time, so what could you do to make the most of your summer? Digital Marketing Assistant Laraib has a few suggestions...


If you’re a student, summer can only mean two things: being bored and being broke!

Feeling sidelined because you can’t afford to attend the hottest musical festival or grab the latest smartphone? Getting into a lazy summer routine can demotivate you and do more harm than good – especially when it comes to finding a job.

So how can you fix that? It’s simple really.

Time is money. If you want to be able to buy the latest things, you need to use your time wisely during summer. Employers love seeing potential employees using their free time and up-skilling themselves. It’s a win-win situation!

What could you do?

Here are our top five things you can do to make the most out of your summer.

1. Learn new skills 

There are tons of free training and learning resources available online. LinkedIn Learning, Udemy, Udacity and FutureLearn can all help you learn new skills. Why not give HTML & CSS coding, Data Analysis or even Project Management a try? This gives you a few extra tricks up your sleeve to boost your chances of getting employed after you’ve finished studying.

Top tip: Not sure what skills you need to learn? Have a look at various job profiles you’re interested in (you can use My career options) and see which one you don’t have or need to develop further.

2. Volunteer

To get a job you need experience. But to get experience you need a job. It’s the biggest paradox any young person will face. Volunteering is one way to try and combat this. You’ll gain valuable work experience, develop interpersonal skills and line up a positive reference.

Top Tip: If you’re good at IT and have digital skills you can become a Virtual Volunteer!

3. Network

Did you know that a whooping 85% of jobs are found by networking?*.  Gone are the times where you had to get out of bed to attend conferences and events to network. You can network in your pyjamas while binge watching a box series on Netflix all thanks to the social media app LinkedIn! You can: create an account, add in your education/employment details, find like-minded people and potential employers.

Top Tip: Don’t copy and paste your twitter bio and upload selfies on LinkedIn. It may be a social media network, but you can’t treat it like Facebook or Twitter.

4. Visit a Careers Adviser

Stuck in rut? Try speaking to a Careers Adviser. They’re here to support your progression into getting a job whether you’ve left school, you’re still in education or if you just fancy a change. If you’re still in uni, try AGCAS.

Top Tip: If you’re applying for jobs and keep getting the same “unfortunately we will not be going ahead with your application” response, ask your careers adviser for a CV and covering letter makeover.

5. Make your social media account work for you

Love posting memes on Instagram or snapping your summertime adventures through fun filters? You’re actually developing useful skills at the same time: like creativity, writing, analytical and tech skills which employers are always seeking. And you might not realise it, but all of your social media accounts teach you how to brand yourself in the online world.

Top Tip: Remember - whatever you post online is online forever. Don’t post anything that could ruin your reputation or chances with any employer!

Those three months of summer have the potential to kick-start your career.

Choose wisely!



Seasonal jobs

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Yes, it's only temporary. But a seasonal job will give you skills you can use all year round.