Packing up for the summer
Lectures have finished, the campus is getting quieter and you have your last assignment or exam in sight…It won’t be long now until you’re saying goodbye to university life for the summer.
But for some of you it will be the final goodbye as you close the door on another chapter and hopefully head out in to the working world. If you’re anything like me you will be an emotional wreck saying goodbye to uni and all the friends you’ve made along the way – including your favourite lecturers. Just take comfort in the fact that most of them will be your lifelong friends and you’ll have many more memories to share together in years to come.
If it is your time to say goodbye to uni for good, there is plenty of support available to get you on track to putting your degree to good use (check out the career blog section in our blog categories on the left of this page for more help on this) – that is of course after you’ve packed your room away into a Tardis-like suitcase and taken a well-earned break!
If it is the end of your first year – congratulations, you made it! Just make sure that your accommodation is sorted for next year before everything gets booked up! Second years, try not to spend the summer worrying about your final year and the looming dissertation!!
Anyway, no doubt the last couple of months have been hectic for you and all you want to do is next to nothing during your summer break. At the start all those extra-long lie-ins and doing nothing can feel like heaven but guaranteed after a while it can get a bit boring so I suggest putting your time to good use.
Get a temporary job
Now who doesn’t need some extra cash? Whether it’s stacking the shelves at your local supermarket, filling boxes at a factory, or temping at an office (and I did all of these one summer), there is generally plenty of seasonal work available so look online or visit a local recruitment agency.
Volunteering is so rewarding and a brilliant way of exploring your interests, meeting new people and enhancing your CV. There are loads of volunteering opportunities and you don’t have to commit all your time. There are plenty of volunteering website to help you find suitable work to get involved in.
Work experience is worth its weight in gold. If you know what you want to do when you finish university, it makes sense to get some experience in it. I spent a month or so during uni holidays at my local newspapers getting an insight into the world of journalism. I am not going to lie and say it was good fun everyday (I did make a stack load of tea and coffee and was sent out on my first day to go and buy some Tartan paint - I almost fell for it!), but it confirmed to me that that was what I wanted to do and the experience was great on my CV.
If you’ve not finished your degree then putting a little bit of time aside for some studying is a good idea. Have a look at some books on your reading list or look at feedback from the past year and see how you can improve and address weak points.
Catch up with home friends as well as uni friends and family and have a good time. The point is making invaluable time count so go and enjoy it!