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Summer holidays, sorted

Don’t wait until mid-August to panic about whether you’ve made the most of the summer holidays. With the last day of term speeding into view, now’s the time to plan how you’re going to balance the hours lounging on a beach and binge-watching Netflix with a workshop or trip to the jobs fair. That’s right, we’ve got loads of ideas to help make the six-week stretch a productive one.

Lights, camera… NFTS action!

Fancy yourself the next Cameron or Coppola? From the end of July to the beginning of September, the National Film and Television School (NFTS) will be running a range of free workshops for 11–16-year-olds at its main campus in Beaconsfield. Register your interest here to try your hand at animation, directing, screenwriting, cinematography and more.

Virtual-ly there

With titles like ‘Wait, Tech isn't JUST coding?’ and ‘International Women in Engineering Day: What advice would I tell my younger self’, Speakers for Schools’ insight days are a great place to start your research into a potential career. They’re also virtual so you can take part from the comfort of your sofa. Result!

Work it out

Summer is often the busiest time of the year for businesses, which means they’ll be looking for seasonal staff to work on a temporary basis. Our top tip for finding these opportunities is to use search terms like 'school', 'seasonal' or 'temporary' on job sites, starting with NCS. Popping into local shops, restaurants and garden centres as well as checking their websites and social media channels can also be fruitful.

All the fun of the (jobs) fair

Anyone who went to Bucks Skills Show back in March knows we love a jobs fair. The good news is, you don’t have to wait a year to go to another one –  our neighbours in Milton Keynes (14th June), Reading (21st June) and Oxford (19th July) have a lot to offer a young person searching for their dream role.

Rained off

For days when the weather forces you indoors (it is England, after all), Spring Pod’s on demand service offers virtual work experience across a huge range of industries. The courses take roughly 10 hours to complete and during this time, you’ll get to meet experts in the field, complete mini-activities, and gain industry insight – all at your own pace.

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