University summer breaks can be months long, a blessing in many ways but also a curse if you are studying something that you are passionate about or pursuing your dream career. Taking so long ‘out of the game’ if you are studying a subject where placements etc stop over summer can be incredibly difficult to deal with and can even leave you feeling like you have taken a step back when you return. This might also be true if you are about to start university in September and now have months of nothing after spending a year or maybe more applying and preparing.
So, how can you combat this and stay connected to your subject between years or before starting your course?
- Set a reading goal – whether it’s an hour a week or an hour a day, carve out some time to continue reading around your subject.
- Find a relevant volunteering role – this could even be online, perhaps a Facebook group linked to your subject requires new moderators?
- Start building your contacts – use this time to set up an excellent LinkedIn profile and reach out to some relevant industry professionals or research how people in aspirational positions within your industry got to where they are today.
- Research next steps – order some brochures for further postgraduate study, research potential future companies or job profiles, pick out some relevant CPD opportunities for the future…there are so many ways that you can be creating a plan for your future, even if that future is 3+ years away!
Don’t worry about disconnecting from your passion, use this time to explore all the other ways in which you can be growing and learning!