One of the great things about being a student is the extensive holidays you get at the end of the year. And we all need to take time to rest and relax and mentally recover from all the hard work you’ve done during the year. In addition, taking time to celebrate your achievements is important too.
However, whether you are a high school or university student, you do end up with a lot of spare time over December/January. As a past student, I was accustomed to wasting the time before going back in February.
Now though, being older and wiser, I try to encourage students to make the most of this time. When you start work, you won’t get this amount of time off and holidays provide an enormous opportunity for you both in your student and personal life.
So here are some ideas on how to get the most out of your holidays:
- See if you can get some part time or volunteer work during the holidays as closely related to your chosen career. While you may not be able to get a job as an accountant, you may be able to get some work in accounts or even reception work. This is helpful because it can help show future employers that you can be relied upon (make sure you get a reference afterwards). Anything you can do that can prove to employers that you are reliable and dependable is advantageous. My first job I got was based upon experience in reception and learning the software program that they used so don’t discount any job experience.
- Another option is to get experience in accounting systems software. There are short courses available for MYOB and Xero. Getting experience in one of those packages would be beneficial for when you start work as a lot of businesses and firms use one or the other. If you can’t afford to go out and do a short course, consider downloading a free trial of MYOB or Xero and learn that way. Even if you don’t have anything official it shows that you can take initiative and do have some experience with the software.
- Take some time to do some reading. There are plenty of personal development books available. If you are looking to be a future manager or leader this is a good idea. Head down to the library and avail yourself of some books and increase your leadership and management knowledge.
- If you happened to fail one of your courses, take the time to re-do it over the third semester or engage a tutor to help you work out where you went wrong so you can re-take the course again in February.
- Don’t be limited to accounting or business either. Taking the time to learn a new language is an excellent use of your time. This is especially important if you want to work overseas when you graduate or whether you just want to travel after you graduate.
My favourite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time – Steve Jobs