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Students: How to Make the Most out the Christmas Break

For some students a break from your studies is definitely needed! The festive period can be a productive time to prepare for your future within the new year. By the time you get back to uni and into your routine again, you may not have time to focus on these small steps that could help contribute to your overall employability once you have graduated. So even if you have exams to study for before January or you’re planning to not think about uni work throughout Christmas. Here are some tips you can undertake that are small but could make a big difference in contributing towards your future career!

Take some time to organise your work

You may not have had time to catch up on a couple of lectures, so now is the perfect time to do so. Write up your notes on your laptop or if you prefer handwriting you could organise them into a folder. This will help you feel less stressed about starting the new year.

Create a plan (for the new year)

To give yourself a clear direction of what you want to achieve when you head back to university, try writing a plan of what your goals are for the next year. Whether they are small or big targets, it can still be beneficial. If you can’t think of any goals, try just making a note of key dates for the next year such as, graduate scheme ending dates or when coursework deadlines and exams take place.

Search for internships or work experience

Now you have a little extra time on your hands, search for internships or email companies in an attempt to gain some work experience. Make sure to increase your chance of getting a response, contact them at the beginning or the end of your Christmas break. As these are the times they will most likely be in the office. You could suggest undertaking just one day a week, during your next semester for days you know you don’t have lectures. 

Update/refresh CV

You now have time to sit down with your CV and look for anything you can update, change or add to. For example if you have had a part-time job at uni, you can include that. Or if there has been a group project you undertook, state what you did and any transferable skills you used to make the project a success. If you are in your final year it is also worthwhile including your predicted grade, especially if you are looking to apply for graduate schemes.

Create a mind map

If you are unsure on where your degree can take you career wise, create a mind map to really visualise your options. So for example, if you know you want to enter the digital industry, this could be your centre and then different sectors within this industry can emerge from this. You could also do more research within each job area to gain a better understanding if its right for you. Then maybe conclude with a pros and cons list to narrow down your options.

and finally RELAX

Remember to take time for yourself! The festive period can be a busy and hectic but there is time before and after Christmas that you can really utilise to maximise your potential for 2017!

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2017!

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