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Miranda Mannering and Chantal Wheatley

Top tips to make the most of your summer

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  • What are students with no parental funding supposed to do? Washing elephants, reuniting Van Halen, and trekking round Azerbaijan are all well and good but they won't pay the bills.

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  • I agree. I would have loved to have done something like the people featured in this article did with their summer vacations. But unfortunately for me, Daddy can't buy me a summer in some exotic location to undertake some CV-boosting, unpaid work. This article is incredibly one-sided and fails to offer any realistic advice, unless of course someone is willing/able to shell out bucketloads of cash for such an opportunity.

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  • I agree with the above. In order to stay alive and having no parent funding, we have to work hard in some restaurant/bar jobs, which would not look good on your CV for the law firm employers.
    Volunteering sometimes takes months and most of us cannot afford.
    I would love to volunteer once per week and keep my job, but usually there is no such opportunities.

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  • I think your comment "Daddy can't buy me a summer in some exotic location to undertake some CV-boosting, unpaid work" is unfair and stereotypical.

    Yes I see your point that sometimes that happens and going abroad can be expensive, but the article is not telling you the only place you can go is Thailand or South Africa. It also mentions working for smaller, local firms or carrying out Pro Bono work, as well as other options such as TELF which you could always do in a European country and get there relatively cheaply.

    Also, your experience doesn’t have to be for 3 months, it could be for one or two weeks. Admittedly, it may be a smaller amount of time but it is still something to talk about at interview. There are plenty of sites offering accommodation/food in exchange for work/volunteering and they are relatively close to home.

    Think outside the box a little. Some people are lucky and can go further away, others cant. That's life.

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