The last few months have no doubt been spent locked away in a room somewhere revising all around the clock, and I’m sure the summer vacation probably seemed a lifetime away and there was plenty of time to make plans. Now, as the exam period comes to a close, and the sun is finally shining, you may be wondering what you’re going to do this summer.
Don’t have any plans yet for summer?
Summer vacation is a great time to work or volunteer, where you’ll be able to develop your skills and gain valuable experience. This will provide you with great examples you can use in applications and at interview when looking for work in the future.
Having a 3-4 month gap before starting a new academic year is the perfect opportunity to do an internship or some voluntary work. This can be done in any field as you’ll pick up valuable transferable skills which you can take with you into future applications and roles.
“I’d rather relax and enjoy my summer than work. What are the benefits of doing an internship or voluntary work?”
Develop and build skills – Adding extra skills learnt in the workplace gives you a bigger advantage when applying for jobs after you graduate.
Networking – Working allows you to build up a network of people that you can communicate with once you graduate, or contact for advice. These people will also have you in mind if they have another job opening so it could be a great way to help secure work in the future.
Career path – Working over the summer months may help you decide what it is you’d like to do after graduation. It’s a great opportunity to find out what you do and don’t enjoy, and might give you a head start when thinking about your future career.
References – Having an employment reference is great for future jobs, as some employers may prefer this rather than just an academic one.
Don’t know what to do next?
Register with QRecruit!
QM careers has a range of opportunities that can help you secure work over summer.
QInterns – Short-term paid internships
QTemps – Paid temporary work on campus and in the local area
QProjects – Work experience opportunities within local charities designed to build your CV and make a positive impact on the community.
To access and apply for these opportunities, register your details at:
Good luck and have a great summer!
QM Careers & Enterprise Centre