Here comes the sun

The summer is still in full swing! Second year student Nozomi takes us through her top tips on making the most of the rest of the summer…

Summer Ball has come and gone and you’ve said your ‘see you laters’ to your flatmates and coursemates. You may have even already gone on holiday. Now you’re sat at home having a well-deserved break after another busy academic year. But now you’re thinking, well, what’s next?

In all honesty, I believe it can be anything. All of us at university now have an entire world ahead of us. We’re at a point in our lives where we can choose to do whatever we want – travel, learn a new skill, get a job in anything we want to do – we have it all ahead of us.

But we all have to start somewhere, and for me, I’ve decided to focus on me and gain more work experience to help me decide what exactly it is that I want to do next.
So here are some things you might want to do this summer before the stress of lectures, seminars, tutorials and coursework all kicks in.

Give that CV a boost

The University Careers Centre offers us advice on their website or you could pop into Carrington to speak to careers consultants one-to-one about it too.The internet can give you lots of CV help as well! There are lots of website like this that could help you get going.


Take a minute

But remember not to stress out and get overwhelmed thinking about CVs and the future. Go see a film, go to the beach with some friends, watch some Netflix.


Try something new

While you have the time and the sun is shining, try something new – join the gym, cook new recipes, pick up a book.


Work Experience

Depending on what you are interested in, you could browse these websites for some work experience. UoR Job Shop is the place to go for part-time work, graduate jobs & even available to us one year after graduation!

Some other resources that might be helpful…
Studentgems – freelance and part-time work – event and festival work
InRetail – retail work
Internwise – internships
RateMyPlacement – internships and placements
Milkround – graduate jobs
Save The Graduate – graduate jobs
TARGETjobs – graduate jobs
So why not? Summer can be relaxing and productive at the same time! Keep busy having fun and improving yourself.

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