Spending Summer Wisely
Ah, the summer holidays. Two words that come together to make one great phrase. First of all, we have ‘summer’. Images of a warm, hot sunny days. Then there’s ‘holidays’, which in many cases means no work and no study. What could be better? Summer holidays are a time for relaxation, catching up on sleep, and doing stuff we love. It’s meant to be all fun and games, whether you’re staying at home socialising with friends or off with your parents travelling the world. However, unlike most of my friends, I didn’t decide to nip off to Greece for a fortnight. Instead, I decided to get a job.
My decision to get a job was simple: I need the money. If you’ve been following my blogs you will know that during my first year of uni I shared my room, meaning I had to pay as little as £70 a week. Brilliant, if you ask me, because I was having sleepovers with my best friend every night and I was also paying over half the price of what my neighbours were paying over in Bluebell. However, this upcoming year, I will be living out of halls and in a beautiful flat in the centre of Leamington. Unfortunately, this beautiful flat comes with a not-so beautiful price: nearly double what I was paying this year. After a lot of calculations, and even more wailings down the phone to my Dad begging to fund me (quite unsuccessfully), I realised that I had to earn some money of my own in order support myself for next year.
I am currently working seven days a week for two different companies. I’m really enjoying myself, and I feel that my time is being spent wisely. Balancing two jobs along with my social life has made me realise the importance of good time management skills. My sleeping pattern has greatly improved from my university routine of waking up at 1pm and going to bed at 3am. I now wake up early, go to work, have set meal times, and relax with my friends in the evening. It’s a healthy lifestyle, and to think that I’m being paid, makes it even better. Of course, I’m not going to put on some rose-tinted glasses and say it’s easy – at times customers can be obnoxious, and sometimes you will get annoyed, but the important thing to remember is that everything in life is a lesson and one must take a step back and think: what am I learning from this?
Getting a job is useful, no matter the purpose. Even if you do think you will have enough money for your time at university, it’s always great to have some extra cash lying about. If money isn’t your priority, then having a job is just great experience to put on your CV. Whatever job you choose, it’s an indication to your future employer that you have gained certain skills that you can apply to your new position. If you worked in retail, you could say how you learnt how to face the public, speak confidently to strangers, and understand the importance of organisation. You could broaden out to say that you understand stock and management, how the tills work, as well as your competence in handling money. All these are employable soft skills that makes you more attractive than someone who didn’t get a job, and lazed around getting burnt in Athens.