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Maximizing Your Summer

May 11 2016

Summer is just around the corner and that means two things: (a) school is out and it’s time to have fun, and (b) you now have a chance to get a part-time job or pursue a volunteer position without the distractions of school and homework.
The latter may not seem very fun, and maybe that wasn’t even on your radar, but if you are able to have a balanced summer schedule of both work and play, you can still have a great few months off!
Right now you may be asking yourself “why are they even talking about this?” Well friend, as the old saying goes, chance favours the prepared mind; and that’s what we’re here to help you with. Even though exams are just around the corner and your stress levels may be starting to rise because of that, this is an opportune time to start thinking about what you plan on doing with your summer once exam season is over.
There is a lot of value in preparing now because if you do, you’ll be able to transition more smoothly into a new work or volunteer role and maximize your summer time to help beef up your resume.
How to Maximize your summer
1. Volunteer? Work? Or both? Decide if you would like to take time this summer to volunteer your time to a cause, work to earn a wage, or do both.
2. Part-time or Full-time? Depending on whether you are volunteering, working or both, you’ll want to split up your hours accordingly. If you just want to work and start saving for your post-secondary education, you may prefer to work full-time. But if you plan on working and volunteering you may want to divide your time into two part-time schedules.
3. Where to work? Choosing where to work or volunteer can be tricky for the summer months but there are many online resources that can help you find a position. Simply search relevant keywords to the type of work or the field that you are interested in. If you are unsure where to start, review your Career Spectrum results and narrow down your results to related jobs based on your occupation matches. You can use Job Finder to see available jobs in your area.
4. You Time. Although it is important to gain experience in the field that you may be interested in working in as soon as possible, it is also important to schedule in ‘you time’. Make sure to take care of yourself and give yourself a chance to relax on a weekly basis, or join a team or club that interests you.


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