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How can you make the most of your summer?


Deciding what to do with your summer break can be difficult. You want to make the most of it, have fun, enjoy your time off, but you also want to put yourself in the best position to get that dream job once you graduate. Here’s three great ways you can use your time away from university to boost your chances of being employed at the end of your degree!

Get a Summer Job

Employers love a candidate who shows the drive and initiative to get out in the world and work even while their still at university. Whether you do a little or a lot, whether it relates directly to your degree subject or it doesn’t, any job you do will help you to gain so many of the necessary skills coveted by all employers!


If you can find a great cause that your passionate about, why not get involved by volunteering? Volunteering shows prospective employers another side to your character, whilst also allowing you to build on your skills, knowledge and experience.


If you have the funds you need, traveling can be a great way to broaden your knowledge and life experience as you learn about other cultures and communities. It can also be a fantastic way to make use of both of the above through working abroad or volunteering overseas somewhere new and exciting!

Whatever you do with your summer break, don’t waste a chance to push yourself and explore. Use your time off wisely, and make the most of your holidays by gaining the skills you will need to succeed!


Friday’s Featured Vacancy – 12/12/2014


Created in 2009, Speaking-agency is the leading provider in France (Paris, Lyon, Lille, Toulouse, Nantes, Bordeaux, Nice, Aix-en-Provence and Montpellier) of childcare services in foreign languages and private language courses to French young children, teens or adults!

Every year we hire over 1000 native or bilingual speakers!

We are looking for native or bilingual speakers (English, German, Spanish, Chinese, etc.) for part-time language teaching (kids, teens or adults) or babysitting (3-12 years old) jobs. More than 100 positions will be available from next January!

It’s more than just a job!

  • Join a community of foreign students/expatriates and get the chance to make new friends from all over the world!
  • Work with kids and pass on your knowledge and passion for languages!
  • Discover a new way of teaching! You will use a specific method developed by experts in language acquisition (our company was named the 2009 most innovative Enterprise in Europe by the JCI).
  • Perks : Free French classes for our employees in Paris, Free Velib’ year pass & free events!
  • Training included.

We adapt to your schedule: positions go from 2 to 20 hours per week.


  • Be at least 18
  • You have to stay for at least 4 months
  • For childcare jobs: previous experience with children required (formal or informal)
  • For teaching jobs: previous experience in teaching required
  • Minimum level of French language is not required

Salary: EUR 10-20 /hour.

To apply, we don’t need a resume: simply fill-in the application form on our website:

Friday’s Featured Vacancy – 05/12/2014


TEFL Heaven are currently recruiting motivated and enthusiastic people to fill their teaching positions abroad. The main task is to teach conversational English to students mainly through games and fun. They offer various kinds of teaching positions which come as packages and have the following benefits:

  • Organized teaching placement
  • TEFL training before hand if applicable
  • Visa assistance
  • Housing assistance

They currently have placements in the following countries

  • Thailand
  • South Korea
  • India
  • Costa Rica

In order to apply for positions and programs, you need to be a native English speaker or at least near-native and have a Bachelor degree in any field. You also need to be committed, enthusiastic and open minded towards new cultures and lifestyles – these programs are not for the faint-hearted.

For more information, please visit the website at www.experienceteachingabroad.com

Teach English in China

Fancy an exciting, challenging, salaried year abroad? Want to experience the culture and customs of China first-hand?


Run in conjunction with the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) and the International Exchange Centre in Hunan Province, Teach English in China is an international work-travel programme with a difference. No extra training is required, all we ask is that you are a graduate, a native English speaker and complete our language training programme. If you are not a native English speaker but speak English fluently you may also be eligible. English language learning has been given more emphasis in this fast changing country; be part of this important change.

Whether you’re a new or recent graduate unsure of where to go next, in a career rut, looking for a fresh challenge, or retired and looking for your next adventure, TEIC could be the exciting opportunity you’ve been waiting for, especially if you learn Mandarin in China and thereby enhance your employment prospects.

The University of Cumbria has arranged for Professor Thomas from Teach English in China to come along to deliver talks to our students about the opportunities available, and how you can apply. No need to book, just come along!

Wednesday 15 October, 12.00 – 1.00 in DBF02, Lancaster

Thursday 16 October, 12.00 – 1.00 in BG57, Fusehill Street

Winter Break Volunteer Opportunities





The holiday season is just around the corner. Get out of the cold and spend your winter break doing good on a volunteer adventure that makes a difference. Experience the true meaning of “it is better to give then receive” by joining one of GoEco’s volunteer projects. We have selected some great projects that will take your winter break from ho-hum to life-changing!


Provide much needed medical assistance or care for orphans in Zimbabwe, teach disadvantaged youths to surf in Cape Town, give back to communities and orphanages in Sri Lanka, or cage dive with Great White sharks in South Africa. Whether working for wildlife and environmental conservation or humanitarian aid, there is no better way to spend this holiday season than with a unique volunteering expedition. Discover the world from a new perspective in a challenging and inspiring environment.

For more information and to see the full list of opportunities, visit: http://www.goeco.org/

Five Transferable Skills We All Have

What do you do when your work history doesn’t match the skill set for the job you are applying for? Use your transferable skills! An important part of your time at University is getting your degree; that goes without saying. But employers will look at extra-curricular activities to differentiate the run-of-the-mill applicants from those they can see as a good fit with their company. Use them!


This is perhaps one of the easiest ways to get some extra experience on your CV – volunteer with a company, and you not only help that company, but help your employability as well. For example, if you are studying towards a career in law, volunteering as an Independent Custody Visitor through http://icva.org.uk/ will gain you valuable skills and knowledge in the judicial system.


Have you been back-packing around the world on your gap year? Have you spent the summer working in a Summer Camp or driving across the USA? Travelling shows prospective employers that you are flexible, cultured and independent. Demonstrate the skills you used on your CV: Did you learn a new language? Did you have to organise yourself and others? All of these skills enhance your employability.

Part-time work

Think that your student job in a bar while you were studying has no place on your CV now that you are applying for a graduate job? Don’t be too quick to wipe it! A part-time job while you were studying shows employers that you have good time-management skills, are not afraid of hard work, and have well-developed interpersonal skills to boot!


If you have something to say, then say it! If you are passionate and knowledgeable about a subject, but don’t have a lot of experience, then starting a blog can demonstrate to employers that you have the skills and knowledge required. It’s a great way to demonstrate your writing skill as well as helping you to develop your own voice.

Interests (not hobbies!!)

Make the most of the ‘interests’ section on your CV by highlighting how your interests make you the perfect fit for the company. Any interest you have, be it photography, playing the violin, sports or even bird-watching, can prove that you have one skill or another; motivation, passion, a drive to succeed. As long as you can link your interest with a skill that is required by the company, include it on your CV!

What transferable skills do you have?