Careers and business
Careers and business
Summer is finally here — the sun is shining and temperatures are rising fast. And thanks to vaccination programmes rolling out across the world, we may be finally seeing the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel.
With the school year coming to an end, you may be wondering about how to be productive during the summer and use this time to prepare for the next chapter in your life. Of course, this will depend on your plans and goals.
Find below our best tips to use your free time in the summer effectively and get a head start for the school year 2021/2022.
You’ve worked hard this past year, and things have been extraordinarily challenging for the reasons we all know. It’s time for you to enjoy yourself and spend time outdoors.
Think about it, after all those lockdowns and restrictions, you can finally resume your favourite outdoor activities and the timing couldn’t be better: you’re free from homework and study and the weather is just perfect.
Leave the house and all the screens behind, it’s time to breathe some fresh air. Maybe you want to swim, or dance, or just meditate closer to nature. You deserve it and it is a great way to recharge and re-centre so that you can face your next chapter with great energy.
Ok, so maybe your Spanish GCSE exams are coming up next year and you’re already stressing out about it. Nothing to be ashamed of, it’s great that you are thinking ahead and want to arrive prepared.
Here are some ways to spend the summer months that will help you boost your confidence before September:
Pre-prep is a real thing and allows you to relax knowing what’s coming. Check the textbook for next year and skim through each chapter. You will know when you’ll be hitting the greatest challenges and can get ready for them.
All subject programmes, and especially languages, are designed progressively. You can’t cook an elaborate recipe without getting the basic ingredients first.
Here are topics to revise from this year:
All of the above tips also apply if you are going to face your French A levels in 2022. However, here is some extra advice to revise and prepare for your exams:
First of all, congratulations on deciding what to do next, you should be proud! Don’t forget to take a moment (or two) to celebrate your achievements and relax.
Here are the 2 most important things to do this summer:
You’ve really come a long way and you’re now about to start your professional career. These are exciting times and it’s normal to feel a bit anxious about what may come next.
You may not have a lot of experience in searching and applying for job opportunities. That’s ok, let’s see how you can optimise your application and maximise your chances to get hired.
Before you even think of applying, you should start identifying the sectors you’re interested in and take a look around the job market. What are the current openings and the job requirements? Are there graduate programmes you may be eligible for?
We all started somewhere and job listings are a good place. Read:
Think of what would sound like the dream job to you and how to get there. You may have to upskill and take courses or internships to reach your goals and that’s completely normal.
If you’re transitioning to a different field, consider starting passion projects to develop the right skills and show your entrepreneurial spirit.
If you don’t know anyone in the industry, it’s time to make new friends! Here are some good places for professional networking:
Remember: networking is not cold calling. You’re not asking people you don’t know for a recommendation, but you’re getting in touch with established professionals in your field. You can ask them questions about their job and career path and even ask for advice on how to break into the industry. Collaborations and opportunities may also naturally arise.
What should I revise during the summer?
Think both ahead and behind you. Consider the topics that you found to be the hardest last year and look at next year’s syllabus to revise the building blocks of what’s coming next. Take our free online language assessment to see what to focus on!
How to prepare for uni?
First of all, relax and celebrate! Then, attend virtual open days, speak with current students and alumni, and check out the courses that you’ll take. You can reach out to professors and admin staff if you have questions.