The first term of uni has flown by and now it's time for a well-deserved rest! However, you may have deadlines and exams in January that you have to prepare for, so it is important that you get yourself for next term as well as having fun! Read on for the top 5 things you can do to make the most of your Christmas break…

1. Make a study plan
While you might not want to spend all of your Christmas breaks studying, it is important that you make a study plan so that you can organize your work and complete any assignments or study for exams that you might have in the New Year. If you are organized and plan out your work then you will be able to relax and make the most of your holidays.

2. Get a job
Over the Christmas period, many companies are looking for seasonal workers to help with the extra demand. A part-time job is also a great opportunity for you to gain some experience and add some new found skills to your resume. It will also be nice if you can go into the next term with some extra cash!   

There are plenty of vacancies available in retail and hospitality who are always able to take on part-time staff. As well as preparing you for the world of work, you will make some connections which might help you in the future when searching for a full time position.

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Shopping center during Christmas  

3. Try volunteering
Volunteering is a great opportunity for you to meet new people, expand your skill set and do something great to benefit the community. You can volunteer in almost any area, for example, you could do some fundraising, help out in a local charity shop or visit an elderly persons home. There are many different options out there, and you will find something that suits you and works around your schedule.

Search Crisis and Royal Voluntary Service for volunteering opportunities over the holidays.

Young capital girl helping out elderly woman

4. Go on an adventure!
Make the most of your time off and visit somewhere new! It doesn't have to be anywhere exotic but perhaps a town you've never visited before. You probably haven't seen some of your family or friends in months, so it will be nice to spend some quality time with them. Make some memories that you'll remember for years to come!

5. Revamp your CV
It is always a good idea to make sure your CV is up to date, and since you have finished your first term at university you probably have a lot more skills to add! Are there any societies you've joined? Any group projects you've worked on? Or do you have a part-time job? All these are skills that you can add to your resume to make you more employable. Over the coming years you will need your resume to apply for placements or graduate jobs so if you get started now it will make it easier for you when the time comes to apply.

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Most importantly, enjoy your break! If you have the right balance of working and fun then you will have the most of your holiday, and won't go into the next term wishing you had sat down to study for that exam!

What are you planning on doing over the holidays? Let us know in the comments below!

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