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!
Hi everyone since we are properly into the summer holidays now I thought I would talk about what i’m doing with myself, and also things you might be thinking of doing if you have some extra free-time.
At the moment i’m in a bit of a limbo work wise having come home to Northern Ireland, this has meant putting my job in the students union on pause for the time being until i’m back in September which they are really cool about since campus is quiet over these months. I am looking for work experience although this is rather difficult for me as a film/TV student since there is much less industry here than in England but we will see what happens! If you can get experience over the summer I would definitely recommend it as it is a good way to enhance your CV. Part-time work is also obviously very handy to have over the summer to top up your account which you will definitely be thankful for if the student loan runs out mid term!
Since I have more free time I have taken to learning the piano, but i’m genuinely actually gonna do it this time because I have put off learning an instrument for far too long, but so far so good. Additionally since i’m studying film/TV i like to keep watching things all the time and what’s better than a good evening binge. At the moment i’m watching:
The Wire- HBO/Sky
The Crown- Netflix
Black Mirror- Netflix
All of which are great so far and I definitely recommend if you are unsure of what to watch. There are usually plenty of festivals and concerts on all across the UK as well if your a music fan, even Ireland has a fair bit going on in this department which is a change since there is usually sod all here! I went to see Stormzy in Belfast last week which was amazing and I would definitely recommend him if that’s your kind of thing.
The most important thing about the summer is that you do what you want to do, there’s no point going back to university feeling as tired as you left so just enjoy it, till next time.
I hope you are all having an amazing summer and enjoying all the rainy days. So much for the August sun ay!
This week has been rather the same as the last to be honest. I’ve mainly been working and racking up some dollaaaaa, but I have had time to enjoy some nights out with my home friends. I’ve managed to read some articles relating to my dissertation, as well as two new books arriving for next year, woo!
My focus for this week is to allocate time towards my dissertation reading, by making a timetable schedule. This will allow me to keep on top of the work load, as well as balancing the rest of my life.
I haven’t got much to report on, but I’ll be back soon to fill you in on my summer! It’s not long until results are announced so GOODLUCK to everyone! Hopefully we’ll be seeing you very soon at EHU!
Until next time…