If you’ve been working hard all year long and now you finally see it all coming to an end, you’re probably thinking about how to make the most of your summer. Then this post is for you!

Now is the time to take advantage of all the options you might not be aware of, so here are some pointers for you to make the best summer moves:

Go abroad

The European Voluntary Service (EVS) is a great place to start, there are numerous volunteering and work experience opportunities abroad as near or far as Spain Morocco, and Jordan.

Check out the European Youth Portal for a database of opportunities that are still active. There’s support available through sending organisations and the last deadline is 4th October 2017 which would be useful for anyone considering a gap year and hasn’t yet planned it out.

Do a-lot

If you can balance work and play quite well, why not consider summer festival jobs? There’s are a number of sites like Hotboxevents and Festaff advertising volunteering opportunities you might have not considered before. Get the experience without paying the entrance fee.

Experience builds character, and character is what comes through in your personality. It’s no coincidence that people who volunteer often have really good stories to tell about their travels, broaden their network of friends/ associates, and show they are proactive.

student summer

Do some networking

Attending summer expo’s and exhibitions can be a good way to meet potential employers, and contacts, so network as often as you can. If you haven’t quite got enough in the bank to travel and you’re working throughout the summer, when you get time off try to make the most of it and blend your activities with some career developing action.

Events & Exhibition centre’s to keep an eye on (London based):



Alexander Palace

Royal Festival Hall

If you can find some better things to do, well done! Enjoy your summer.

chrisMany thanks to Chris Ankobia for sharing these fun and different ways to spend summer! Chris is Co-Founder of Access UK, a specialist minority ethnic employment charity and a CIPS accredited procurement professional. He has experience working in a wide range of industries including; automotive, public sector, retail and ground transportation. For more information on Access UK visit www.accessuk.orgFor expert advice to support international students gain access to employment opportunities, Gradtools UK is coming soon!

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