While it might be tempting to veg out on the couch and binge-watch Netflix for three months over the uni break, it’s not the most productive use of time.
And while holidays may feel like forever away now, they’ll creep up on you pretty quickly, which means now is the time to start planning.
So unless you’re lucky enough to be jetting off to Spain this summer, here are seven ways to make the most of your time off.
1. Apply for an internship
With lots of companies offering three month internships over summer targeted directly at you, the diligent student, the holidays are the perfect time to gain some real-life experience without sacrificing your studies or social life.
Often simply completing your degree isn’t enough these days, so think of an internship as an investment in your future (even if some of them are unpaid).
And so that you don’t make any excuses, here are some sites to get you started: Pedestrian JOBS and The Loop (for creatives), GradConnection, 99Interns (for startups) and, of course, your uni careers website.
2. Get a Christmas casual job
If you love money, this is a no-brainer.
While Christmas is a fun and festive way to reconnect with your friends and family, it’s also a once-a-year opportunity to cash up. Sure, you’re giving up a chunk of your holiday to work extra hours but hey, use the money to treat yourself and your loved ones in the spirit of Christmas.
Or just save up so you can actually go to Spain next year.
Doing stuff for free has its perks.
If you are interested in volunteering, think about what motivates you and what you’re looking to achieve.
Not-for-profit organisations are always on the lookout for skills such as accounting, graphic design and marketing, so it’ll be a good chance to polish up those skills while contributing to a wonderful cause.
Otherwise make some friends (and maybe score some free tickets) by volunteering at the next big event or festival!
However, keep in mind that just because you’re doing it for free doesn’t mean it you can be slack in your commitment.
4. Take an online course
As if you weren’t sick of studying already, right?
While online courses may not be quite as fulfilling as learning in the hallowed halls of a university, they are a great way to learn at your own pace and gain a new skill.
As a bonus, they’re often cheap or even free, and you can learn some valuable skills, particularly if you are in a technology focused industry.
Now you can finally peel your tired, dry eyes away from the hours of lecture notes you marathoned this year, why not expand your knowledge even further and read.
Although I wouldn’t blame you for revisiting Hogwarts, it’s always valuable to chuck a few non-fiction books onto your ‘to-read’ list. Don’t stay fixated on your area of study, learning about other industries and fields will assist you in your future collaborations.
6. Attend talks and events
Keep updated on the professional events and seminars near you.
This is a lot harder than it sounds as you will have to do some searching, but is well worth the effort. Your best bet is to constantly check out uni Facebook pages or groups for upcoming events that may interest you.
There’s no better way to connect with qualified professionals and learn from them and their success. Complimentary drinks and food never hurt either!
7. Finally, don’t forget to have fun
After all that, don’t forget to relax a bit as well.
Be sure to reserve some time for yourself, whether that’s catching up with friends, a day at the beach or a trip away.
It’s important to congratulate yourself for finishing another year of university, and to make the most of having three months off with few commitments.