Dear Aspect, how can I gain more life experience this summer?
Life experience can mean different things to different people. In the most simple terms, if you’re learning new things every day, feeling your emotions, experiencing new things and engaging, you’ll be getting life experiences. Life experiences aren’t just about travelling the world, it’s about saying ‘yes’. Say ‘yes’ more this summer, and you won’t regret it! It’s important to note that we learn great things from positive experiences, but we often learn even more from negative or challenging experiences. Let’s not doom the summer, but if things don’t all go swimmingly, remember that there will be a silver lining somewhere, even if it is upon self-reflection in a few years when you realise how much you learnt. A few ways to gain more life experience is by talking to new people, trying new things or leaving your comfort zone.
Aspect… how can I prepare more for my future career in my summer holidays?
Using your summer holidays to consider your future career will say a lot about you as an individual! Interviewers will see that and recognise your initiative! First of all, if you aren’t 100% sure about what you want to do in your future career, try things out! You can try new things with the range of online courses (we all know the ones from the first lockdown) or by getting creative. Using your summer to get work experience is fantastic for your CV, and also good to save some money! I’d also recommend volunteering, as it is massively rewarding! If you know what you want to do in the future, use the summer to perfect what you do, or build up connections within the industry!
The Aspect poll is in! 70% of you said the holidays are for relaxing whereas 30% are using their time to get prepared! How can we achieve both of these this summer?
I think it would be more than fair to say that the summer break can be for both preparing and relaxing! Don’t compare yourself to others and allow you to use that time in whatever way is best for you. Getting prepared could involve reading course materials or getting a bit of work experience whereas relaxing is equally as important. Stepping back from your degree in the summer holidays could be important for not overwhelming yourself. For those who opt for a relaxing summer, spend time with your family/ friends and use this time to do things that you didn’t have time to do before! This could be binge-watching a series or taking up a new hobby.
What will you be getting up to this summer? Let us know on Instagram @TheStudentAspect !