The days of glorious eternal sunshine are almost upon us (yes in Manchester, contrary to popular belief, the sun does shine, albeit on an occasional basis! 🙂 ) With some blissful 13 weeks free from exams, lectures and coursework, why not use this time wisely to make the most of your long summer?
The world’s your oyster, so why not take advantage of the longest break you’ll probably ever get and go abroad? Thanks to the advent of budget airlines, going abroad doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Back in the day when I was a student here in Manchester, the annual summer break was a time for travelling about the UK and beyond. If you haven’t got one already, a young person’s railcard is a must-have, it costs £27 if you buy online and with just one medium-distance journey you’ll have made your money back. When looking for accommodation why not stay true to your student roots and opt for the hostel option? Hostel world is a great depository for cheap accommodation. Hand-in-hand with this I would recommend checking out the reviews on TripAdvisor when planning on places to go.
If you’re a tad strapped for cash, getting a temporary summer job can be a good way to make a bob or two if the bank of Mum and Dad has rejected your loan request 😉 . The Careers service is a great place to start your job search, check out their tips on finding part time jobs here. If like me, you have perhaps over-committed yourself with a multitude of social engagements this summer, making it hard for you to find time to fit in paid work, then I would highly recommend raiding the contents of your wardrobes and drawers. Assess whether you really need the accumulation of debris and old clothes, and sell your unwanted stuff on eBay (one summer when I was desperately short of cash and about to go on a week-long trip to Italy, I managed to make myself £200 from selling things I didn’t use or want anymore. This made for excellent spending money! 🙂 )
For those of you who will be graduating this summer and don’t have a graduate job lined up yet, don’t panic, I didn’t either until I stumbled upon the Manchester Graduate Intern Programme (MGIP). If you’re not quite sure what you want to do careers-wise and are looking to stay around the Manchester area, then the MGIP scheme is a fantastic way for you to gain some paid work experience at a graduate level. The MGIP scheme offers students a wide range of internship positions both within the University and businesses in the greater Manchester area. The MGIP offers you the chance to gain invaluable experience and to develop a professional work network in areas which are typically hard to get into such as marketing. For more information you can check out their website here.
If you’re not graduating this summer, but are looking for something that can while away the summer break, then why not check out the volunteering opportunities that the University has to offer. Between the Volunteering team, campus Sport and the SU, there is a cohort of different volunteering opportunities available for students to get involved with over the summer months. As well as helping to give your CV an all-important ‘boost’, volunteering also gives you the chance to engage with your local community (something that employers look for! :))
The Volunteering & Engagement team offer a variety of projects to get involved with, and also run volunteering drop in sessions at the Atrium, providing information about student volunteering opportunities in Manchester. For more information check out their website.
In addition to this Sport also have a number of exciting opportunities for the sport-fiends amongst you with their Sport Volunteer Scheme and the Students’ Union also advertise volunteering jobs on a regular basis.
Brand new to 2014, the University has created a scheme called Student Experience Internships, targeted at 1st and 2nd year undergraduates. These internships offer a great way to build up some paid work experience, and complement your CV whilst still at Uni. For more info click here.
Whether you’re working on an internship or trotting about the globe, remember to use your summer to unwind after all the hard work you’ve put in this year. Give yourself a break, relax and recharge your batteries, and get ready to tackle whatever “life, the Universe, and everything” throws at you! 🙂