The festive season is fast approaching, and students from Universities all across the country will soon be heading home in search of Christmas cheer. An intense term is almost complete and a well-earned rest is on the horizon. However, with an average of four weeks’ holiday, there is plenty of time to be productive whilst also enjoying food, drink and inevitable merriment. Here are a few ideas to help those grey cells ticking over.

Work experience

As many companies wind down for Christmas, why not be proactive and seek out some work experience? With many employees away on annual leave, an extra pair of hands in the office is often greatly appreciated and a chance to leave a positive impression with potential employers. Even shadowing someone for a couple of days could lead to a longer placement in the new year. So, seize the initiative and take the opportunity to stand out from your peers.

Exercise

Christmas is a food lover’s favourite time of the year. Days are often spent comfort eating chocolate and leftovers in front of the fire whilst playing board games with your relatives. We think it’s a good idea, therefore, to counteract the ‘Christmas belly’ by exercising regularly. No, this doesn’t mean forking out hundreds of pounds for the gym, but rather doing little quantities of exercise every day. A short jog or family bike ride will blow away the Christmas cobwebs whilst also burning a few calories as you go.

Update your CV & LinkedIn

Your first term at University is optimum time to join societies or even find a part time job. During this time, there is no doubt that you will have accumulated new experiences to add to your CV and LinkedIn profile. Christmas is the ideal time to do your personal admin and organise your schedule for the coming year. During the winter break you have a bit more time on your hands, so make the most of those winter evenings and save yourself from getting bogged down during the busy term time!

Read a good book

Christmas is a particularly soporific time of the year, and often all you want to do is relax on the sofa. So, why not delve into a good book? Perhaps chose something manageable, that can be finished in the time that you’re at home. With that thought in mind, it might be worth getting ahead with any University reading you might have for upcoming modules. Why not get ahead when you have more time on your hands?

Offer help around the house

A happy family = a happy Christmas. The festive period can be a stressful time of year which often requires impeccable organisation and time management. To alleviate some of this stress, why not offer to help decorate the tree, wrap some last minute presents or with the food preparation on Christmas day? Our top tip is to avoid getting in your parents’ hair!