How to work during summer and still have fun 

When University comes to an end for the year, it can be difficult to think about what you want to…

When University comes to an end for the year, it can be difficult to think about what you want to do over the summer. You might want to reward yourself for all the hard work of the past year by having a holiday, spending time taking up a new hobby or you may have a job which you can increase your hours for.

Having spent the year studying a subject and doing essays, it’s important that if you do spend the summer working, you are able to enjoy it as otherwise, you’ll run out of motivation. 

Working outside

With summer being about the only time of the year when there is nice weather in the UK, it can be disheartening to work in an office during your holidays. Because of this, see if you are able to get a job which can make the most of the outside weather e.g. working as a waiter for an outside diner. That way, you’ll be able to enjoy the weather while still making some money. 


Trying to get a job aligned with your field of study could be a great idea – especially if it’s something you’re passionate about. This might be not directly related to your degree but it could still be a beneficial experience. For example, if you’re studying for a business degree, you could do a marketing internship. If you go into a job which you’re passionate about, it could help boost your motivation to work during the summer break. 

Remote working

Depending on where you’re spending your summer, there may not be many in-person working opportunities. As a result, being able to use remote working where you complete the responsibilities of the job from home could be beneficial. This would allow you to access a wider array of job opportunities and take away certain obstacles such as travel. 

Making time for hobbies

Even if you are working full-time during summer, it’s still important to make time for the things you enjoy doing. These hobbies might not last the longest in the world – they could be as simple as going for a 10-minute walk to enjoy the weather or watching your guilty pleasure TV show. Making time for your favourite activities, particularly on a regular basis, is really important for enjoying the summer holiday if you spend it working. 

If you are still looking for a job during the summer, the University of Lincoln Careers and Employability Department might be the best place to find it. They can help you find a job, give you feedback for an application, and help you find an internship programme to get students into work related to their degree. Do visit their website for more information!

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