What shall I do over the summer?Posted: 19th of May 2015 by
Consider doing something that will boost your employability skills over the summer holiday rather than just lazing about waiting for the new academic year to start.
The summer break is a great opportunity to develop new skills and boost your CV, so why not make the most of your 'holiday'?
Learn the basics of another language or brush up your skills
Being able to say that you can speak another language is a real bonus on your CV, especially if you're thinking that you might like to work for an international company in the future. Being able to converse confidently in another language is helpful for employers who deal with offices or clients in other countries and it could help you in being located abroad with a large company.
Get some work skills
You don't have to have a paid job to develop the skills that employers are crying out for - you could do some volunteer work to get some work experience and skills to put on your CV. Many employers say that they will choose someone who has volunteered over someone who hasn't and as an added bonus, you get the'feel good' factor. Read our article on becoming more employable.
Learn to use software that will help you in the future
This is a really good idea if you are going to be studying for something like media or music come September. If you learn the basics a bit over the summer then when you start your course, you'll have a head start.
Get fit, ready for the new academic year
Get that running app downloaded, join the gym or get started with a fitness DVD and give your muscles a good tone up for September.
Have a change
You know what they say; a change is as good as a rest. If you're leaving school and starting college, it's an ideal time to change your look. Go for that hairstyle or colour that you've wanted for ages but didn't want everyone you know at school making a big deal about.
Read and write - but the fun way
With no pressure and with no one telling you that you 'have to', reading and writing can be fun (honest) - This is a very good idea, especially if you are going on to study A-levels in September. Have a look at the exam board websites and see what you can expect in September - then get reading and get thinking and if you really want to push the boat out - get writing.
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