Due to my year abroad, it worked out that I had a 5 month summer (oi oi!) so I told myself again, I’d make the most of this luxury. I made a plan of action and well, so far so good. My summer consisted of 3 main goals: travel as much as I can, work as much as I can and intern.
Travel: I spent the first half of my summer travelling around North and Central America. In total I stopped off in 19 cities in 6 countries. A lot of people have asked me if it was scary travelling alone, and I have to admit at times it was. However the positives of my adventures certainly outweighed the negatives.
Travelling is an amazing opportunity to experience a different culture, try new food and meet all kinds of people. It opens your eyes to problems which you might not have known about, and for me at least, it made me really think about what I wanted to achieve in life and where I wanted to go.
Work: Within the first week of landing back in the UK, I bagged an interview with a hospitality company and began doing bar work at events in London. It’s my goal next year to work a little less than previously, so I’m trying to save up as much as I can in order to do so. Plus I just bought my first car which although is exciting, it’s expensive.
I’ve also been working with the Social Mobility Foundation on their residential programmes. The SMF is a fantastic charity that helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds gain the skills and experience needed to enter the professional working world. They have programmes in careers sectors such as Banking and Finance, Law, Medicine, Engineering and many many more.
Intern: Towards the end of summer, I have the amazing opportunity of interning with a well-known real estate company. I will be working in the Acquisitions department and whilst I cannot disclose the details of the internship (this is secret stuff), I am sure it’s going to be a fantastic experience.
Internships are a great way of finding out which areas you do (and don’t) want to go into. They are also key in getting a job after university since most firms nowadays prefer you to have had some experience within the industry. Whilst it is a little late in the day to be applying for internships this summer, there are a few still available. Check out TargetJobs for some of them.
Apart from that, the rest of my summer will be spent catching up with friends and on some much needed sleep. What about your summer? Let me know how it’s going in the comments below!