Summer can be a time when you can finally sit back without having to worry about an upcoming essay or an exam. This is a time where you can start to plan your future, your next year at university, or your next steps altogether.

This could enable you to start thinking about where you want to go, how you want to improve your daily routine, and how to make your overall step-by-step plan to get to where you want to be and by when.

Sometimes spontaneity is exciting. However, summer gives some respite to be able to start to look ahead without the weight of assignments and revision on your shoulders.

Below are some of the best ways to start thinking about your future. Over summer as well as relaxing, holidays, day trips, and enjoying some well-deserved rest and recuperation, you can dedicate some time to your future.

Setting up a LinkedIn account

Setting this up, and putting time into ensuring that your CV is appealing to employers, can make finding a job that little bit easier.

Whether this is a part-time job, or something that you wish to do in the future, having an account like this set up can take the pressure off job hunting as you may be headhunted yourself. You may even be contacted directly by a company if they think that your CV and set of skills suit a particular job in their company.

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For those who need a summer job, or just want to have a bit of a challenge during the summer break, getting some work experience in a particular field that you want to pursue a career in (or a paid internship) can be a step in the right direction.

Not only will this look good on your CV and your future applications, it will enable you to see if you enjoy the field of work that you want to go into.

You might find out you enjoy something completely different than what you were aiming for. So gaining work experience in a certain vocation may help you.

Healthy Mindset

The final months of Uni have the pressures of deadlines and exams. This may have left you feeling a little bit run down.

During the summer, you can get your routine underway! This could be a routine that you then wish to carry on for the rest of the academic year.

This could mean improving your diet, daily exercise, or sticking to a particular skincare routine that will help you feel more put together.

This could be even for the little things, such as getting up at a certain time, making some healthy meals at home, making your bed soon as you wake up, and being more productive during the day.

Things like this can benefit your mental health which, in the long run, will help your academic life!

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