Picture a scenario wherein you have enrolled into an engineering study abroad program, and after a busy year filled with assignments, projects, exams, and field trips, you are now on the brink of summer vacations. Normally, you would have gone back home for a nice summer vacation where you can unwind with your family, but this time around an idea strikes you – “Why don’t I do something different!”
Indeed, not only can you unwind and explore the country you’re studying in, but also continue to keep the productivity levels extremely high during the holidays. Taking a few interesting decisions would help you make the most of your study abroad course and lay the foundations for the upcoming semester! Let’s find out what they are!
1) Learn a new skill or language
Summer holidays are the perfect time to learn the guitar as you’ve always wanted to, or even learn an interesting new language such as French or Spanish. After all, these extracurriculars can not only come in handy when you’re applying for a job abroad but will also allow you to get in touch with people from different backgrounds and perspectives.
Also, if you’re inclined to add some skills to your resume, you can always get engaged into a bootcamp learning program to learn a new computer language or another interesting skill!
2) Review your performance
This is a good way to take stock of your time in college, review what you learnt and see if it is helping you reach your goal. Check how your performance matches up with your peers and see what more needs to be done to reach your goal. If you feel you need a new goal, then now is the time to set one. Use this break to research what can be done to help you improve your grades, better your skills and stay on top for the new semester. Be realistic, if there are areas that you felt you needed help with, work on those or ask your friends to help. Remember, studying abroad is not just about fun, the course is just as important.
3) Plan your career
Do you know what you want to do after college? If you are almost done with your B.Tech Engineering abroad course do you know what comes next? Now you have the time to look at jobs that will interest you, what skills you need for those jobs and how to tackle interviews, internships and so on. Choosing a career is no simple task, it takes time to figure out where you see yourself, and what needs to be done to get there. You might find hundreds of companies offering the role you want, but you need to find a company that will help you learn and grow, especially in the beginning of your career. See what they look for in employees, what will help you stand out and get hired, this is your time to strategize.
Go out and explore
When you’re studying abroad, you don’t always have time to explore the city that you’re living in. Use these few days to check out the sights and sounds of the city. There are plenty of weekend getaways that you can plan, hikes, walking tours, and more that you can sign up for. This will help you get to know the city better and you will meet great people too. Some cities even offer you educational tours, so here you get a vacation and get to learn something new too. You can also focus on ‘you’ do what makes you happy like learning an instrument, volunteer at a shelter with animals etc. Do something that helps you start your new semester abroad feeling refreshed and ready to slay.
All in all, you’ll never feel bored during the holidays in your study abroad course, as there is always plenty to do. You could even take up a part-time internship or summer job in a company related to your field of study and add a lot of weightage to your resume. The choices are endless, and the ball is in your court. Make the most of your time!