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Summer bucket list for students

By Hollie Alexa Moxham

Wednesday 20 June 2018 Student Journalists

Here is you Summer bucket list...

  1. Get a part time job

A part time job is a great way to save up some money and show future employers that you are a reliable and hardworking person. Its especially great if you can go back to the same employer every year, as it shows that they like you and are happy to take you back again and again.

  1. Get an internship or work experience

Work experience looks amazing on a CV in any industry, and the months off in the summer are a great chance to apply for some of these opportunities. Be sure to take advantage of these before you graduate, as some work experience opportunities require you to be a student to be eligible.

  1. Volunteer

If you find yourself spending a lot of time on the sofa watching telly, why not try volunteering? There are tons of amazing charities out there and they are almost always looking for helpers – it’s a great thing to be able to talk about in future interviews, and you’re guaranteed to make new friends. You could even go the extra mile and volunteer at a festival!

  1. Complete a personal research project

Assign yourself a personal research project about something you’re interested in and give yourself a deadline of the end of summer! Perfect practice for dissertation and an opportunity to learn more about a subject you’re interested in.

  1. Do some extra reading

Reading is every student’s nightmare. Take advantage of your summer break and get ahead of the game! Even a few pages now might make all the difference later.

  1. Learn a language

Learning a language is always a rewarding experience, and another great extra to pop on a CV. Apps like Duolingo (https://www.duolingo.com/) make this easier than ever. Are you going abroad in the future? Why not try and learn the language of the country you’re visiting!

  1. Take up a new hobby

Hobbies are also a good way to bulk out a CV, and they help an employer see the person behind the qualifications and experience. Some good hobbies to try and pick up include jogging, ice skating, painting, swimming or horse riding. This can be a cheap venture, costing barely anything, or you can invest in yourself and expand your skills and knowledge. Something like Skillshare (https://www.skillshare.com/) may be a great way to get started.

  1. Spend some time with your family

University can be a strange experience. The independence can feel like a welcome break after years of school, but you may find yourself missing your family a little more than you expected. Spend plenty of time with your family while you are back home – they probably miss you too!

  1. Start a blog/vlog/podcast

Whatever your skills, whatever your interests, you have a voice and you can talk about them. Blogs, vlogs and podcasts have become very popular ventures across the internet in a wide genre of subjects, so why not join the crowd? They are another great way to show employers your commitment and interest in the subject you are studying – and potentially a good excuse to connect with industry professionals through collaborations or interviews.

  1. Have a rest!

Most importantly, your summer is your chance to take a break and have a rest! Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to work and stay busy. Make sure you have plenty of lie ins, spend lots of time lying in the sun, go on picnics, road trips, festivals . . . And when you come back in the summer you will be refreshed, relaxed and ready for the next year of studying – with an amazing CV as well.