The best parts of summer include bare feet, bonfires with lots of s’mores, and freedom from responsibilities. With over three months of the best vacation ever, many college students are bound to waste many of their talents away during this time. Summer jobs can be a great way to refine professional skills and learn a thing or two that you may not have already known. Additionally, with all of the time off, summer can (and should) be used to update and clean up social media accounts, volunteer, refine professional skills, or learn a new software or program. While summer should still be a time for fun and relaxation, it is still important to make it useful.
One way I am utilizing my summer is to clean up and update my social media accounts. For most college students, the school year is jammed packed with classes, student organizations, and part-time jobs. So there is not a whole lot of time for things like updating your LinkedIn and professional portfolio. That is exactly what I did once school let out in April. I spent time updating my LinkedIn, asking for recommendations, and finding new connections. I updated my professional portfolio. Furthermore, I made sure to revamp and update my resume and upload it to both my LinkedIn and portfolio. All of these things are important, but may fall by the wayside when things get busy. It is also important to clean up all social media accounts and ensure there is nothing out there you would not want others to see.
Volunteering is another great way to spend your summer. Again, the school year can get busy. If you are required to complete volunteer hours for organizations you are apart of, you can easily get them completed in the summertime so that you are free of the commitment during school. Typically, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities in your hometown for volunteerism.
Lastly, utilizing summer to refine professional skills or learn new software programs is another great way to spend your time. For me personally, I plan on purchasing the Adobe Suite Shop. While I already am very familiar with Photoshop and InDesign, I would like to learn some new programs like Premiere and Illustrator. A great way to learn these programs is through websites like Lynda.com. Many universities, including mine, offer memberships to this website, which provides video tutorials on many different software programs.
Whatever your major or passion may be, there is always room for improvement and advancement. And what better time to better yourself than the three months you are already have off?