A productive summer


It might not feel like it because of the fluctuations in the weather, but summer season is in full swing. After the sporting heartaches of the World Cup and Wimbledon, it’s time to get your summer in order with a practical plan. There are numerous opportunities in London that you can take advantage of during the final two summer months, that will not only get you some vital experience, but it will also bolster your CV before you head back to university in September. This guide has been split into two; the first part will help you make your summer a productive one, whilst the second part will make sure your summer in London is filled with fun.

Volunteer and make a difference

There are numerous organisations in the capital that are on the lookout for eager and enthusiastic volunteers. One of the most prestigious volunteer organisations is the Mayor’s Volunteer London Team. This particular volunteer programme has projects across the capital, most notably in the environmental sector, which is best for volunteers who want to make a difference, and help clean up London.

There are other volunteer schemes such as Do-it, where you can volunteer for a number of projects, from the Notting Hill Carnival and the arts and culture industry, to education and helping young children. Volunteering is a worthwhile way to make your summer productive, and an easy way to leave a lasting mark on your local community.

Mayor of London’s Team London Volunteering Scheme

Do-it Volunteering Scheme

University doesn't stop for summer

In this day and age with a saturated job market having the relevant qualifications has never been more important. You might assume that university draws to a close with the end of the exam season, but you’d be wrong. There are numerous summer school programmes offered by universities across the capital in a variety of fields. For instance, King’s College offers courses in Law, Latin, Ancient Greek, Literature and Business Management. At Imperial College there are sessions in Business Strategy and Consulting. If you are interested in taking a summer course, you must act quick as application deadlines close soon.

King’s College London

Imperial College

School of Oriental and African Studies

London University of the Arts

The advantages of work experience

Work experience is more than just an addition to your CV, it’s a meaningful insight into an industry that you might be contemplating setting foot on after your university studies. Therefore if you are able to get a placement, you should take full advantage of all the opportunities on offer. Work experience will teach you fundamental skills, equip you with necessary knowledge, and get you vital contacts for the future. This will give you an inside perspective of your chosen industry, and will allow you to begin to understand how that industry functions. This is an important kind of experience that will only aid your career development. The best place to find out work experience opportunities and placements is to visit your university careers offices or website.

Making your summer as productive as possible will place you in a great position when you begin to apply for graduate schemes and jobs. Now have a read of part two to find out about some of London’s best summer activities.

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