How to make the most of your holidays
Not to be dramatic, but ‘pens down’ is the single best sentence in the English language. It means you’ve overcome another hurdle, and, if you’re lucky, that you’re on holidays!
But, as tempting as it is to do nothing but sleep for three months (it’s been a hectic Spring session, we get it), you’ll likely be bored by Christmas. That’s why we’ve rounded up five of the best things to do if you want to make the most of this long summer break!
Get a job!
This one’s a no-brainer. Getting a new job or internship means filling up your days with activities you enjoy (hopefully) while getting paid (again, hopefully)! Even if you’re already employed, try hunting down another gig – there’s nothing more impressive than a good side-hustle.
Of course, this is easier said than done. That’s why we suggest using your new-found spare time to:
- Rate your resume.
- Polish up your LinkedIn profile and prepare for an interview.
- Complete a career assessment.
- Find a professional mentor.
Then, head over to CareerHub, the one-stop shop for all your job-searching needs, and wow your employers-to-be!
Learn something new
More learning after months and months of classes seems a little counter-intuitive. But, instead of rehashing the theories, concepts and formulas you learned over the session, check out the practical, fascinating short courses on UTS Open and LinkedIn Learning (make sure you log into LinkedIn Learning with your UTS organisation details). They’re free, online, and don’t have exams – win-win-win!
Our suggestions are:
- Gain a new skill to whack on your resume through this HTML course.
- Work on your hustling skills with this entrepreneurship class.
- Learn to make your own podcast using advice from Advanced Journalism academics!
Volunteer your time
Although we’ve all considered volunteering at one point, it’s easy to prioritise study and paid work, regardless of how much you believe in the cause. These long holidays are your chance to make a difference without uni-related stress getting in the way.
Need some hints with where to start? Check out HELPS volunteering, where you can help other students practice their English skills and provide assignment support. And yes, they are open over the summer!
Or, if you want to make volunteering more of a habit, check out the SOUL Award. The first level involves completing two workshops and 35 hours of volunteering (and any holiday hours you do count towards the total).
We know what you’re thinking … Summer session has already started! Yes, you’re technically correct, but there’s still plenty of time to get involved – most face-to-face classes haven’t kicked off, and you have until Monday 2 December to enrol in subjects.
If you’re keen to start but unsure what to study, these three electives are open to all students:
If you’re still reluctant to join the Summer session fun, check out the Spring into Summer calendar for weekly activities exclusive to Summer students. There’ll be things like LinkedIn headshot sessions, board games and free Messina ice-cream!
Whether you’ve just wrapped up your masters or completed your first year as an undergrad, you’ve achieved more than you may even realise – surviving all-nighters, group assignments and assessments worth 60 per cent is no mean feat!
You deserve all the time you need to relax, unwind and remember what you enjoyed before exam period. In fact, even if you do take up one of the other options, make sure you leave yourself some time to breathe – you’ll never get a break this long again (or at least, not until next year), so squeeze in as much relaxing as you can!