With the summer fast approaching, our minds are filled with exams and the looming idea of what to do over the summer. If you are anything like me, you are constantly debating a summer job, an internship, or just putting your feet up and regaining some of my sanity before next fall rolls around. Part of me wants to get a job in my field, get some experience under my belt, while the other part just wants to relax, whatever that means.
If we really want to be successful, the truth is that we need to get ahead. The world is becoming increasingly competitive and our peers will soon become our competition for a job in the real world. Hopefully, this list of options can help both you and I decide what to do over the most glorious four months of the year.
This is the most obvious option, but is hard to come by if you are searching as an undergraduate for something in your field. It seems as if most positions require experience and a degree; if this is the case, read on.
Summer school is a great way to get ahead of the game and lighten your load during the school year. It can also help you fast-track your degree so that you can graduate sooner. Just be cautious of burnout from the year-round schooling.
An internship is a great alternative to a job. While typically unpaid, some provide compensation, not to mention invaluable experience in your field.
Volunteering is also an excellent option but without the pay. If money is essential to put yourself through school, consider volunteering alongside one of the other options to gain experience for your resume or CV.
Work on Your Resume and CV
Summer is a great time to work on your resume or CV for when the school year gets busy and job postings go up. This will free up a lot of time for when it is actually needed. In addition to working on your resume and CV, you can also pick up a couple of skills, such as Excel proficiency or a second language, to give you that competitive edge.
If all else fails, relax.