It’s been a tough slog, but you’ve finally finished your exams and are about to settle in for a nice, long, relaxing, well-earned break before climbing back on the education treadmill. Before you start relaxing by the pool, however, take a few moments to consider this: are you making the most of your holiday break?
Here’s how to tell if you're getting the most out of your holiday break:
Make sure you recharge your batteries
This stage is actually mandatory, so don’t feel guilty about indulging in a bit of rest and relaxation. After times of intense stress your body needs to recover and rebuild to guard against future burn-out. So why not connect with the friends and family you didn’t have time to see during the semester? Or maybe you could go away somewhere for a weekend, or just take off on a proper holiday? Whatever your decision, just ensure you’re ready to hit the ground running as soon as classes resume.
Get a head start on next semester
You’ve had all the rest and relaxation you can stand and now you’re just plain bored – so what do you do? Why not start reading your new textbooks? You can also try spring-cleaning your paperwork and learning space, and maybe even look into study groups or tutoring options if you’re concerned about your progress in any subjects. Study activities during a break might seem like a drag, but there’s nothing like a bit of organisation, and some extra knowledge, to give you a confidence boost.
Plan for the future
It’s never too early (or too late) to start planning your future. Whether you’re in your first year, or getting close to graduation, try researching internships and vacation programs offered by the companies you’d like to work for, and get your applications in. Or why not approach the companies directly and ask for unpaid work-experience? Real world knowledge is crucial on your resume and – if you do a great job – it may even turn into something more concrete.
Add to your skill set
You could use your down time to get involved with a charitable organisation you’re passionate about. Not only does giving back to the community feel great, but it’s also a great way to increase your skill set, and develop valuable experience to boost your resume and LinkedIn profile.
Find a new hobby
Life is all about balance, so try finding a new sport, skill, or activity, to learn that makes YOU happy. It’s also a good idea to keep it completely removed from work (both present and future) because everyone needs outlets where they can let their hair down completely.
Score a part-time job
If you don’t already have a job, now’s the time to get cracking and find one. Become a check-out person, a waiter, retail assistant, fast-food server – whatever. The nature of the job is unimportant. The ability to learn diplomacy, patience, time-management and humility, while earning a few extra dollars to tide you through the next semester, is worth its weight in gold.
When taking a break, don't forget:
- Taking a break helps you recharge and refresh
- Stave of boredom with an early study start
- It’s never too early to start planning your future
- Volunteering is good for the community and your resume