The norm is to curb lingering anxiety and exam stress with a pens-down party, lots of overdue sleep and well-deserved holidays. That’s pretty much what most students will be doing – relaxing. Yet, a minority of students dare to rise at a time like this to realise that it cannot be business as usual when our country has among the highest global stats for unemployed youth.
While many flock to social media to post lifestyle pics of fun in the sun and share status posts on which lifestyle clubs rocked this past weekend; a gross minority of future captains of industries are changing the game. They are using this time to gain momentum, to level the playing fields and raise the bar. Even amid distractions, they anchor deep into their resolve, drive for success and go against the grain.
Here’s how the future leaders of tomorrow are spending their varsity holidays.
Make it about you
For too long students have been programmed to draft CVs and send them out to prospective employers. Yet, those who dare call for a turnaround don’t just leave it there. Even as you read, the majority won’t act on the impulse to act differently, but to that one person striving to change their life story, this will be followed by action.
Use your holidays to do a quick online search on how to make a personal website. You can upload your CV there, link it to your blog, add a “hire me” button and create a platform where “thought leaders” can go to find you. This can also be used to show off your technology skills and serve as part of your portfolio.
Don’t wait for “someday” when you get your qualifications, or when you have lots of money or when the time is ideal. Do it now!
Make it a better place
Instead of sitting down and complaining about the joblessness in the world or how artificial intelligence is posing a threat to society and the few existing jobs; do something! Find a cause that you care about and volunteer. It may not make a difference to the world, but it will make a huge difference to the people, animals or environments that you assist. Volunteer or give to someone (or something) close to your heart. Your actions can spread positivity.
There are many free video tutorials, e-books and apps that can teach you new skills. At times, it is not about learning new skills but improving the ones that you already have. Below is an example of skills to consider.
- Speed reading
- Learning a new language
- Public speaking
- Web design
You can choose to sleep or party away your holidays, or you can use them as steppingstones to getting closer to where you want to be in life. The very least you can do is to make good decisions, such as avoiding drugs, unprotected sex, drinking and driving and irresponsible behaviour that may cut your days short.
May these holidays be different. May they not be a repetition of the same old routines. May your future-self emerge to help you realign your posture. You can do this! We believe in you!!!