The summer holiday period can be seen as a time for relaxation. However, due to the lengthy summer holidays for university students there is only so much time you can relax before it begins to get quite dull. It would be fantastic if getting a degree was all you needed however, potential employers look for candidates who do a little extra to improve their experience and increase their employability. The summer holiday brings a fantastic opportunity for students to do so by attempting to do at least one of the five things below.
1) Part Time Job
A part time job can be extremely beneficial during the summer holidays. Even if it’s unrelated to your career goals and aspirations, it can be a great starting point to improving your skills and getting used to working life. A part time job could count for added experience on your CV and show employers that you are proactive and put yourself out there much more than those who sit at home waiting for a job to fall in their lap.
2) Summer Internship
Many organisations offer summer internships and work placements to students looking to increase their employability. Of course some experience will be valuable however; the brilliant thing about summer internships is that most require little experience. Nevertheless the chosen candidate must have the right attitude towards learning and improving their skill set. Yes, not many summer internships are paid but it can definitely help you in gaining real world experience and possibly lead the employer to inviting you back for a placement or graduate role.
3) Write a blog
It really doesn’t matter what you choose to write about in your blogs. Could be on travel, sports or current affairs, blogs are a great way to show employers your commitment to sticking to something and what you have to offer. Writing a blog is a great way to show and improve your creative writing skills, research skills and non-verbal communication skills. Writing a blog could also show that you’re tech savvy. Regardless of what platform you decide to showcase your blog on, whether it’s WordPress, Tumblr or your own website, writing your own blog shows you have an understanding of communicating. You don’t have to create your own blog either. Many companies accept guest blogs including our very own Business and Law Work Based Learning Unit blog. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.
4) Go travelling
If done right travelling can make a really good impression on employers. A boozy lads or girls holiday to Magaluf will do little to impress employers, particularly if drunken photo’s of the trip is scattered across all your social media profiles. However, employers are keen on individuals with a bit of life experience. A productive and educational trip to another part of the world, where you made cultural effort to understand the tradition and environment you were in, can make a very good impression on employers.
5) Network – utilise social media
Social media is a great way to network with employers and carry out some self-promotion without moving from the comfort of your home or costing a penny. Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are a great way to conduct some employer engagement, whilst students can use LinkedIn to highlight their skills and experience and connect with aspiring companies. It is important however to clean up your online profile. Be mindful of what you post online and the type of language you use as it can come back to haunt you in the future. Remember the Paris Brown case?