Whether you are a current student heading back to university after summer or a recent graduate looking to start your job search, the summer holidays are a constant struggle between doing what you are supposed to do and what you want to do. We at Milkround have put together some advice on how to make sure you are being as productive as possible while still enjoying the sun.
Shine up the CV
This should be a routine by now really; make sure that your CV is always up to scratch with any new skills, qualifications or bits of work experience you have done recently. You never know when you will need to quickly grab your CV and send it over to a potential employer!
Do some volunteering
Yes, you have probably heard this one before - and for good reason. If you have some spare time, doing a bit of volunteer work is a golden opportunity to add new experience to your CV. It shows that you have sympathy and are willing to work to help others, and what employer does not like seeing that in their employees. Furthermore, if you for example choose to volunteer behind the till of a charity shop you stand to gain soft skills like interpersonal skills, customer service skills, and numerical skills.
Gain new skills
On the topic of skills, the summer holidays are a great chance to learn something new. Whether you have always wanted to speak Spanish or learn how to play the oboe, make use of the fact that we now have nearly unlimited mostly free resources on hand via the internet. While oboe playing skills may not seem like they would help your career along, it actually shows potential employers that you have a creative mind and an eagerness to learn.
In the end, your health is the most important thing you have. As a university student, health has a tendency to take the backseat to parties and cheap food which is understandable. However make sure to do yourself a favour and begin prioritising your health. If you do not have cash to spare for a gym membership, look up free exercise videos online. You can do things like yoga, pilates and body weight exercises from the comfort of your home. If you think you have a runner inside you waiting to get out, all you need is a good pair of shoes.
Do not forget about this one. It is possible that this will be the last summer you have free before your career kicks off. Make sure that you take some time to kick back and enjoy the (hopefully) sunny weather, go on that holiday, and read a great book a teacher has not ordered you to. While it is imperative to do all you can to build a foundation for a great career, it is also important to simply feel well. Make sure that you make the most out of these short summer months.
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