Find out more about the sessions taking place near Brunel:
GLL are a leisure operator and charitable social enterprise with opportunities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland with opportunities in leisure, sport, libraries, events & catering, culture, health & beauty, corporate support and work with children. To find out more and to apply go to www.glljobs.org.
Africa & Asia Venture‘s project offers exposure to and experience of both ‘first’ and developing world China. Starting with a four-week home-stay and Mandarin course in the affluent city of Hangzhou you will then move to The Thousand Island Lakes area where you will be teaching English to impoverished children.
Not just gap years, China and teaching!
AV also offer Art, Drama, Music and Dance; Community work; and Sports coaching as volunteering and summer projects in India, Nepal, Thailand, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.
Although it might not feel like it yet exams will soon be over for another year, but what will you be doing with your summer?
Of course a break after the stress of exams and deadlines is well deserved but, after a week or two in the sun, what’s next? With more than 12 weeks of free time don’t waste it! It’s an excellent opportunity to broaden your skills and gain some work experience while earning some extra cash to bump up your finances for next year.
Free time over the summer gives you a chance to gain the work experience that is so valued by recruiters. If you plan to do a placement, showing an employer that you have used your summer to acquire new skills, or perhaps been responsible for a project or developing a new system will go miles in your applications – let alone give you something real to talk about during your interviews! You may even get a placement out of it for next year or a job after you’ve graduated!
You can still decide to take a placement year – just contact your Placement Officer. You can keep looking until September!
Have you already decided you’re not going to do a placement? Then getting work experience under your belt is even more essential. Put yourself in a recruiter’s shoes: who would you employ if you could choose between a graduate with no experience or someone who has built up a strong portfolio? Recruiters want to see that you can apply your academic learning in the work environment and the best way is through work experience!
So where can you find all these opportunities for the summer?
If you need help with deciding what to do, your job applications or your interview style and practice while you’re working over the summer, we are too – drop in to the PCC (1st floor, Bannerman Centre), or visit our website for advice/information or to find our contact details.
International Citizen Service (ICS) , a volunteering programme for UK 18-25 year olds, gives you the chance to work with local volunteers on sustainable projects in communities that need it most. You’ll also get a great addition to your CV and increase your employability when applying for a graduate job.
Find out more about the opportunities and read about volunteers’ experiences.