With all the extra time on your hands summer is a perfect opportunity to give back to the community. Volunteering is the chance to gain some experience in a field you’re interested in and nearly all employers expect some sort of volunteering on your CV. You don’t have to give up a huge amount of summer to do this as well. Some activities can be one-off projects, maybe for half a day; others require a regular commitment, maybe once a week.
Start applying for volunteering roles now:-
2. Get a part-time job or gain some work experience
You can use a summer job to boost your bank balance, explore your future career, add experience to your CV, or travel.
The careers service offers fantastic internships and summer jobs – make sure you don’t miss out on the latest opportunities by visiting CareersLink, their online event and job vacancy database or visit the internship website at http://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/findjobs/graduatejobs/mgip/
You might also want to consider unpaid work over summer like work shadowing for a day or a few days/weeks working with a business to get hands on experience or even a course related project working with a company. It is all time well spent and will make you stand out against others or help make a decision about your future career!
3. Take up a hobby!
A lot of students say that they actually get bored over summer – especially if they haven’t been able to afford a holiday or festival. Well hobbies are a way of counteracting that! Evidence suggests that hobbies are vital in terms of building self-esteem and relieving stress. It’s also the opportunity to meet new people and built a connection with a community that shares your interest. And again, it’s another thing to add to your CV!
4. Study Abroad
Study abroad is an excellent opportunity for you to see the world, experience new cultures and enjoy the opportunity of a lifetime. It is the opportunity to boost your prospects in the job market, improve your language skills and cultural awareness, gain a new perspective on your subject area and on higher education and overall help you grow as a person.
The University of Manchester has study abroad summer programmes that give students the opportunity to go to Korea, China or India.
For other opportunities outside of The University of Manchester – check out the websites below:
Of course, with all that in mind, and the fact you’ve been working hard all year – it’s important to take a break! Don’t take on too much over summer as it’s important for your wellbeing to rest and relax.
Click here for some relaxation audio downloads – http://www.studentnet.manchester.ac.uk/counselling/self-help/downloads/