What to Do over the Summer

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.



Job Hunting

I’m home for the summer now and with four months of nothingness ahead of me I’ve been wondering what on earth I’m going to do to fill the time. Last summer I tried to get a job so that I could earn a little money and have something to do. Unfortunately, no matter what I did, I had no luck (although I did get to spend a lot of time watching reruns of House…). As disheartening as all that was, this summer I’m determined to try even harder.

I’ve taken to spending a large proportion of my days hunting through recruitment pages, filling out psychometric tests and kind of losing the will to live a little bit. It can be dull, but I’m hoping that my persistence and determination will pay off eventually.

One of the main problems I had last year revolved around the fact that I would only be able to work for a few months before I would have to go back up to university. This put many employers off hiring me, and really, who can blame them? This year, I’m trying to get round this issue by mainly applying for jobs with temporary contracts. That way, the fact that I’m only around for a short period of time isn’t really significant.

Also, I think something that can be really useful to do is to talk to friends and family and let them know that you’re looking for a job and the kind of thing you’d be interested in doing (in my case: anything). This recently worked out really well for a friend of mine who studies Engineering. He made it common knowledge that he was looking for a job to keep him occupied over summer, something a member of his rugby team kindly took on board. This guy asked around the Engineering firm he worked for and now my friend is working full-time over summer, earning a pretty hefty paycheque and is gaining great experience in his chosen field, which will be really useful when he’s trying to find a job after graduation.

I’m by no means an expert on this kind of thing, but I thought perhaps it could be useful to hear about my experiences. And I had an interview a few days ago so I must be doing something right, maybe.

To finish, here’s a humorous video about why job hunting can be really lame: