I have just come back from Edinburgh Fringe Festival where I saw some hilarious comedians such as Phill Jupitus and Al Murray (The Pub Landlord). It is an amazing comedy festival and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to have a good laugh. I also got to explore the city, which is beautiful and certainly worth visiting.
This was a nice break from the rest of my summer holiday which I have spent working at M&S. I am not complaining at all, since M&S pay well (£8.00 an hour) and give me plenty of hours (I’m working about 40 hours a week). However, I have got to say, at this point I am bored of working on a till and stocking fridges, and I am very much looking forward to going back to uni. I would recommend all students to find some summer work for a number of reasons: to save money up for your rent, so that it is less likely that you will need to work during term time; to get experience whilst you have the time, you don’t want an empty CV; and also just to make sure you don’t spend your entire summer watching Netflix.
If possible, I recommend that you should try get experience in whatever career path you intend to go down. I, for example, applied for a number of research programmes at universities such as the SURE programme here at Leicester. I was unsuccessful in getting on any of these programmes (they are aimed more towards student who have finished third year), and so I applied for as many jobs in my local area as possible. For most the places I applied for I was rejected, (I suspect this is because I have had very little work experience) but eventually I was offered a job at M&S.
Despite having failed to find a summer job relevant to my subject, I think I have gained valuable skills from working in retail, and would recommend that everyone at some point in their lives, even if it is only for a month, should work in retail. This is a bit of advice that me and the youtuber TheOdd1sOut have in common:
“A day without laughter is a day wasted.”