A Look at Options for High School Graduates and Post-Secondary Students to Make the Most of Their Summer (French version available)
Depending on people’s individual situations, summer is usually associated with taking a break from school and pursuing other things. If people organize their time well, it could involve relaxation as well as productivity.
Overall, the season can be a great time for post-secondary students and those who have recently graduated high school to seize opportunities. Here are some suggestions on how you can make the most of it:
Learn a Useful Skill(s)
A good idea, if you haven’t done so already, would be learning a practical skill commonly needed in your chosen field (this is especially relevant for current post-secondary students). For instance, many communication-related jobs entail prospective employees to be familiar with all Microsoft Office applications, popular social media platforms, photo editing software (such as Adobe Photoshop), MailChimp, and WordPress. What’s also great is that step-by-step instructions are provided online for these tools, so people can learn how to use them on their own.
Try to Land a Job/Volunteer Position
Another way to optimize your time is to get a job or find volunteer work. Websites like Indeed and ZipRecruiter make it easy for people to search and apply for them. It could even be a temporary or seasonal position. Though it’s up to you and what you can handle, some companies offer casual employment after summer is over, which would bode well during the school year if you’re considering taking on both academics and outside work.
A tip in regard to volunteering: This is a perfect time to search for positions offered by organizations/causes with missions that you’re also passionate about. Fulfilling experiences may very well become of it.
Do Some Travelling
With the pandemic, it’s been difficult to enjoy things you’d normally do, travelling being one example. If you’re considering travelling this year, make a list of all the places you’ve been wanting to go and the estimated costs. Unless going by yourself, present these ideas to the people you’re planning on taking your trip with. Afterwards, contemplate these places and see what options allow you to stay safe and have fun within a reasonable price range. Generally speaking, and say the list doesn’t include this, maybe a road trip could be another option as it would help save money on transportation.
Take Time for Yourself
These school years are very much a transitional time for students and it’s understandable if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Take a look at your schedule to see if/when you’re able to spend some time alone. Even though it’s important to continue being productive, it shouldn’t imply that self-care isn’t a priority. Watch movies, exercise, or take up hobbies. It’s valuable for your mental health.
Overall, for high school graduates and current post-secondary students, summer has potential to be the best time in more ways than one. Nonetheless, though sometimes difficult, don’t feel pressured to take on too many responsibilities at once. It’s crucial to find work-life balance when wanting to make the most of this season. As long as you actively seek beneficial opportunities and manage your time properly, you’ll be fine.