Summer is here (well according to the clocks, even if the weather has yet to change!). Before you start planning that all important escape to warmer climes have you stopped to think about extending that two week sunny break into a 3 month working holiday?
There are lots of opportunities for you to take advantage of the tourist summer season, and get the chance to experience living and working abroad. There are many options to choose from; fancy teaching English (see blog post), working in hospitality, PR, outdoor activities, a language role? The list is endless.
Think it sounds like it could end-up being rather costly? Many employers in the tourist industry may also provide accommodation and meals as part of the employment package, so look around!
Where to start
Searching online for temporary summer jobs abroad can be an arduous task. Make it easier on yourself by narrowing down your options. Think about whether you would like to use or learn language skills. Use your interests to narrow down the sector / industry you’d like to work in. Think about your previous work or volunteer experience and where you could apply it. If you have a skills gap in your CV you’d like to fill you can look for a role that meets that. Remember you will be gaining important transferable skills and experience that employers look for. When it comes to applying for jobs post-university, a stint working abroad can look great on your CV!
Going abroad doesn't appeal?
Why not look closer to home and take advantage of the fantastic festivals and events that happen up and down the country. The Edinburgh Festivals including the Art, Military Tattoo, International, Fringe, Book and Mela festivals, bring thousands of performers and tourists alike to the city of Edinburgh in August. The Festivals provide excellent opportunities to gain experience in the Arts industry. Get creative in your job search by applying to venues directly (try this guide to Fringe venues as a starting point).
You could use your networking skills and join festival forums and social media sites to find out more about the hundreds of Arts industry organisations that descend upon Edinburgh every summer. There are lots of positions available from front of house staff, bar & restaurant staff, to administrative, marketing, press work and more.
Arts and cultural events and festivals take place across the country, check-out:
- http://www.literaryfestivals.co.uk/list_of_literary_festivals.html - for literary festivals
- http://www.artsfestivals.co.uk/festival-details - for broader arts festivals
Watch out for more blog posts about working at festivals and events in the UK this summer.