Should you relax or work on your summer break?
What would be best for your future career?
The academic summer break is a precious thing: a generous chunk of time off, unlikely to be repeated when you graduate (well, not until retirement anyway). What to do with this limited window of time? Is it a chance to unwind and refresh, to do some CV boosting placements, or to just earn some cash?
For some, earning a wage will be imperative—after all, volunteering, interning, and holidays abroad are expensive options. For others, the choice may be overwhelming, but what is the best option for both your personal wellbeing and for the health of your career?
Thomas Fardon, consultant chest physician, and honorary reader at the University of Dundee, says: “My advice to students is to try to get a mix of experiences in your vacation time. It’s likely that this is the last opportunity you’ll have to spend a prolonged period of time away—sabbaticals, employment breaks, long holidays