Have a Fulfilling Summer with These Worthwhile Things to Do

It’s no secret that students have a reputation for being partying layabouts, who are all play and no work. And if they have that reputation while they’re studying, it’s even worse in the summer. Many students get a summer job in between years at university, but not everyone does. Although it’s fun to have some time off, sometimes it can feel like you aren’t making the most of your summer holidays. If you don’t want to get a job at home or uni, what can you do fill your time? Or perhaps you do have a job but you don’t feel it’s helping to improve your future career prospects or make you feel good about yourself. What can you do with your summer that helps you feel fulfilled and could benefit you in the future? Check out these options for what to do with those long months.


A summer job can feel pointless and soul-sucking. Perhaps working in McDonalds or stacking shelves might help you to save some money, but it doesn’t feel like it’s going to take you anywhere. If you want something that’s going to make you feel like you’re doing something good for society, you could try volunteering. You don’t have to do it full-time – just a few spare hours a week will do. You can earn money working and volunteer on the side. Perhaps work in a charity shop, spend time socializing with pensioners or help to feed the homeless. You’ll love doing something to benefit those less fortunate, and it will look great on your CV to boot.

Get a Job Abroad

If you need the cash from working full-time, but you don’t want to stay at home or university, you could escape to another country. Every year there are hundreds of overseas jobs where you get accommodation, food and a wage in exchange for your work. There are summer camps, resorts and summer job programmes with work abroad providers. You could be a housekeeper on a campsite in France, an English teacher at a summer camp in Romania or a kiosk operator at a resort in Hawaii. It’s your chance to experience a new country, meet new people and earn some money at the same time.

Do an Internship

Summer is a fantastic time to complete an internship. They’re not for everyone, since you usually don’t get paid, but they can be beneficial. If you feel like you’re not prepared for the world of work when you graduate, interning could be the answer. You can get a taste for how business in your desired industry is run and try your hand at some proper work. There are even some you can do from home.

Start a Business

Many students dream of starting their own business, but you need to put in a lot of time and effort. During the summer holidays, if you have a lot of time on your hands, it could be the perfect time to launch a business. Spend your days setting up, ready to run in your spare time when you return to university.


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