By Mia Casey
It can be hard to get motivated to start working on your career skills when the sun is shining down outside and the beach is calling your name. But lucky for you, using your summer to work on your employability doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might think – and you can even do some of it with your toes buried in the sand, at your favourite seaside escape.
Just like the calmly lapping waves, it’s time to be a bit reflective. Think back about your last year and everything you achieved at work and university. What made you most proud? What did you find difficult? What would you like to change or do differently next year?
Use your time off to take stock of your position – both in your studies and with your career – and think of some goals you can work towards next year. Having a bit of a plan can help you start achieving those career goals in no time.
2. Make a list
After reflecting for a bit, it’s time to get listing. Make note (either mentally or otherwise) of the skills you built, challenges you faced, and experience you’ve gained. You can totally make a quick resume summary just be making note of each of these things in turn.
So when you’re packing your sunscreen and towel, chuck in a notebook and pen as well and get writing.
3. Quiz time
Before setting off for the sunshine and seaside, grab a list of practice interview questions to review. Regardless of whether you’re looking for work or not, practicing interview questions is a great way to really nail down on your skills and experience.
If you’re taking a friend along with you, get them to quiz you on a few. If you’re by yourself, then write some of your answers on your sheet of questions. Either way, working through a few questions while soaking up the sun will stand you in good stead and get you thinking about your future.
4. Read about it
If you’re normally the type to grab a book or magazine to read on the beach, why not pick up a memoir or autobiography from a prominent member of your industry instead? Or, if a book isn’t to your fancy, grab an industry magazine and catch up on any news you missed during the year.
Getting inspired and staying up-to-date on industry news and developments is a great way to start thinking about your own career plans, all from the comfort of your beach towel.
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