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17 March 2023
As I write, snow is falling and trying to settle on the wet ground. It seems like it’s been a long winter and as someone who feels the cold, it’s hard to imagine that warmer days will soon be here – at least I’m really hoping so!
When summer comes, what are your plans? If you’re still in degree study, perhaps you will be returning home (if not local to campus)? Maybe arranging a holiday, caring for family or spending time with friends, or a combination of all of those? Some of you may already be applying for a summer internship or other form of work experience. So why should work take up some of your well-earned break (apart from the cash)?
Boost your confidence: find your job fit
If you have ideas of what you want to do after your degree but have not yet tried any out to see if they might suit you, working for a few weeks over the summer in a relevant field might help you feel more confident about career decisions. Working with others is also a huge way to gain confidence in yourself and your ability to get on with a job - and make a difference to those employing you.
Make contacts: build your network
You’ll hear it time and time again – sometimes it’s not what you know but who you know. Everyone has been in your shoes, looking for their first job whether just starting out or career changing. These days with professional social networking sites, it’s easier than ever to make those important connections. Work experience can be extremely useful in enabling contact building for immediate and possible future permanent jobs.
Add value to your CV: develop skills, experience and knowledge
What makes your CV stand out from the crowd? Look at it objectively, from a recruiter viewpoint, and ask yourself if there is anything you could add that would showcase your skills and workplace awareness? As well as helping with your skills development, a short internship or work experience (paid or voluntary) could really help boost your CV and provide you with additional job match evidence for cover letters.
Summer work: It’s the quality not the quantity
Summer work can be as much or as little as the time you can give – that is up to you. You may have a part-time job already and not be able to give that up to do something else. So, be realistic. The thought of summer work is not meant to give you added stress - more like an opportunity to try something different - so choose what suits your pocket as well as your career goals. If you need to continue your part-time job as you don’t want to lose it or you are caring for others at home, perhaps you are able to volunteer for 2-3 hours a week (in a relevant field) and possibly even continue that during study.
Where are the summer jobs?
Everywhere and anywhere. Here are some ideas to help kickstart your search:
Need some help finding and applying? Look on the Career Centre for a range of CV templates and a CV checker. And The Employability Service offers individual appointments to discuss your needs with an Adviser including help with applications, interviews and how to approach others through networking.
By Kim Holbrook, Employability & Careers Adviser
Our Employability Service works with students throughout their time at ARU and after they graduate. The Service offers careers advice, online resources, and help with job searches, applications and interview preparation. Our Employability & Careers Advisers may mention some of these resources and services in their blogs, to give you an idea of the careers support that's on offer at ARU. Some of these resources sit behind a log in and can only be accessed by current students.