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How to spend your summer if you can't find a summer job

Alternative ways to spend your summer if you don't have a job

Written by SpunOut | View this authors Twitter page and posted in employment

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During the summer months, it can sometimes be difficult to find part-time work as there is an increase in people looking for work who are on break from school or college. Although it can be disappointing not to be able to find a job during the summer there aren’t plenty of other productive things to do with your time.  Below you can find a list of alternative things you can do this summer.

Find an internship

Internships can be a great way to gain experience and to see if what you are thinking about doing for a job in the future is actually what you want to do. You will not only learn valuable skills from partaking in one, but it will also look great on your resume as well. Internships can also be difficult to find once summer begins so where possible apply for internships at the same time as you look for summer work. 

Take summer classes

Taking a summer class is a great way to occupied and learn something you may not get time to study if you are in school or college. Classes are available on a range of topics from photography to gardening, or yoga and dance. Take some time to look at what is available in your local community and if any classes offer student discounts or discounts for the unemployed.  

Become health conscious

Summer break is a great time to focus on your personal health. With the weather getting better you can take full advantage of spending time in the outdoors swimming, hiking or cycling.  Enjoy time with your friends outside by going to the beach or parks

Also try and work on your sleep hygiene and eating healthy as well.  


  • Volunteering is a great way to help out your community and still gain experience.  
  • Not only will volunteering allow you to do great things for others, but it will also help add to resume as well.  
  • It will also help build up your reputation as a hard worker, and might even in the future open the door for a paying job as well. 

Build relationships

  • If you don’t have a job this summer try building relationships and networking.
  • Networking earlier rather than later in life will definitely help you in the long run.  
  • A great way to network is to seek out people who have jobs similar to what you want to do later in life and ask if you can meet to have a chat about their job and their industry.  
  • This can be a great way to see the steps a person took in order to get the job that they have today.  This will give you insight on what you need to do in the future to get that job or a job like it, and having connections to a person who has a similar job to the one you want could even present the opportunity for a job offer in the future. 


  • This might not be an option for everyone, but if you're in a position to, why not travel somewhere?
  • Not only is traveling exciting and fun, but traveling will also widen your knowledge on different cultures and places.  
  • Traveling is also a great way to meet new people and to try different things.  
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Published June 27th2017
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