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Making the summer break work for you

Finding work isn’t easy at the moment. This is particularly true when you don’t have much experience and are just looking for a summer job.

empty diary Options are limited, and this can leave you short of funds to spend the break as you’d like. It also means the weeks can really start to drag.


Without wanting to get corny, feeling like you’re doing worthwhile work, volunteering, and helping people who need it can have a great effect on the way you feel too.

Working for nothing can be hard to get your head around initally, but as well as the feel-good factor, it looks great on a CV, so it’ll improve your chances of finding some work in the future.

It could also be worth contacting companies or independent workers involved in areas of interest to you and offer them any help you can provide. Look to improve any skills you may have or pick up new ones. Collect a reference or two while you’re at it.


Keeping some semblance of a routine together over the summer is great for your state of mind. Dividing your time between your bed and couch can be good for a while, but it soon starts to get pretty dull and can through your sleeping patterns out of whack.

If volunteer work doesn’t appeal, taking on some projects can be a a good way of giving your time-off some structure. Using the summer to learn something new will give you a great sense of achievement.

This could be any number of things, from trying to get fit to learning an instrument or craft. Watching all eleven series of Cheers on boxset might not do the job quite as well.


Getting abroad may not look possible for some guaranteed sun, so heading away in Ireland for a few days with friends might be a good alternative. As long as no one says ‘staycation’.

A change of scenery is refreshing, and when it comes down to it, the company tends to be more important than the location.

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