Make The Most Of Your Summer: DCU Careers Service

Get Inspired To Make The Most Of Your Summer

Make the most of your Summer 2022!

Every summer brings opportunities for you to gain new experiences, so how will you make the most of your summer?

We have put together a wide range of themes to give you some ideas. We have lots of ideas to help you use your creativity and initiative to gain valuable experiences and even boost your CV.

So, why not set aside a little time to check out these topics, get inspired and get your Summer plans underway...
 

 

We have lots of resources available to help you get your CV ready:

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Summer CV Tips available on 2021/2022 Careers Service on Loop

Be proactive in your job search by using a combination of both jobs boards/job websites and your network to find suitable opportunities. Make sure you let your connections know that you are looking for job opportunities and you can also send out speculative applications as not all roles are advertised.

Having said this, however, online Jobs Boards are a great place to start your search. Many allow you to set-up job alerts that will notify you by email when a role relevant to your preference has been published.

It’s important to note that new jobs are being added to Jobs Boards all the time, so if you don’t find what you are looking for now, set-up your profile to create job alerts. Be patient and keep checking! 

Here are a few suggestions to get you started! 

MyCareer.dcu.ie: This is our very own DCU Careers Service Jobs Board, which is made available to employers who wish to hire DCU students. Jobs published on the platform include internships, graduate programmes, entry level positions, full and part-time roles, as well as summer / vacation work. New roles are being added all the time, so if you don’t find anything suitable now, check back again soon! You can also select Job Alerts in your profile so that the system sends you an email when a relevant job is published.

Gradireland.com includes a Jobs Board, Careers Events and Advice. Check the Jobs section for opportunities.

DCU SU job opportunities

There are lots of large commercial Job Boards available to explore. Here are a few to help you kick-off your search:

Wheel.ie is Ireland’s national association of community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises - a ‘one-stop-shop’ for anything related to the charity and nonprofit sector. The Jobs section advertises opportunities for both paid and voluntary roles in the non-profit sector.

 

Thinking of Going AbroadGoing Global – career and employment resource for jobs and internships at home and abroad.

Summer Internships
Summer internships vary from sector to sector. Check out mycareer.dcu.ie or gradireland.com to search for internships. 

 

Best of luck with your job search! And remember, Summer 2022 may be a challenging year for some sectors in terms of Summer work. If you don’t find the Summer job for you, check out other opportunities such as Volunteering, Micro-credentials, Sustainability Initiatives and much more.

 

 

Vacation and Part-time Work
Some companies that have informed DCU Careers Service recently that they are hiring, posted on mycareer.dcu.ie

  • DAA seasonal jobs 
  • Carlton Dublin Airport 
  • Conlan School Ireland EFL Teachers & Activity Leader
  • Distinction Events Event staff for festival
  • Home Instead - Part time Healthcare Assistant

  • Finglas Home Help/Care Organisation - Healthcare worker

  • Trinity Cummunity Care - Carer

  • ATC Language Schools - English Language Teacher

  • TECS Language Camps - various summer camp jobs in Spain

  • Apple Distribution International - At Home Advisor College Program

  • Stanford Skiing

  • Starcamp

  • Babel Academy of English - Activity Leader

  • Starcamp - Summer Camp Leaders & Managers

  • Amnesty International Ireland

  • Wesser Ltd

  • Glenview Hotel

  • Excess Baggage

  • Kind Young Learners

  • CPM

Volunteering is a wonderful way to invest your time this Summer. There are so many benefits both for you and for your wider community. Here are our top 5 reasons to Volunteer:

  1. Help to make a difference in your local community or in the wider world.
  2. Develop a range of vital skills such as leadership, problem solving, communication, agility, time management. 
  3. Gain valuable experience.
  4. Build your confidence.
  5. Meet new people and have fun!
     

You can research volunteering opportunities to connect with your local community and some organisations are offering virtual volunteering roles, providing opportunities to volunteer in the wider community.
 

So, where do you start…

Check out Student Volunteer at studentvolunteer.ie,  a one-stop-shop portal connecting higher education students with civil society organisation volunteering opportunities.

 

Follow @dcuvolunteer on Instagram

Follow @DCUVolunteer onTwitter

 

Listen in to our special podcast episode on How To Volunteer:

Have you ever thought about volunteering but don’t quite know how to go about it? This episode of Career Conversations will help to get you started!  We discuss what to consider when exploring volunteer opportunities. Ruth Lynam shares her own experience of volunteering during her time as a student here in DCU and how that experience has shaped her own career.

Click Here To Listen on Spotify.

Also available on Apple Podcasts and other podcast platforms!

Want to make the most of your summer but not sure where to start?

Why not listen to some of our DCU Career Conversations podcasts where we spoke to students to hear how they made the most of their summers!

Spotlight on Sustainability

Take the opportunity to learn what sustainability is really all about.  We have a special podcast episode for you where we meet Samantha Fahy, DCU’s Sustainability Manager.

Samantha explains what climate changes mean for our planet and calls on each of us to make a difference. In particular, she makes a call to action for us all to assess their own carbon footprint this summer and understand the impact of our daily actions. The episode is full of simple and effective changes each of us can begin today and how we can also influence those we live with too.

Samantha is very interested in hearing from students who have an interesting sustainability thesis and projects and would like to engage with the sustainability agenda in DCU.

Click here to listen on Spotify.

Also available on Apple Podcasts and other podcast platforms!


While we're on the subject of Sustainability...

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Listen to our podcast!

Listen to our podcast: Career & Life Choices: Environmental Protection Agency & The Choices We Can Make

 

Click here to listen on Spotify.

Meet Fiona Mc Coole, Inspector and Manager of National Waste Prevention Programme with Ireland’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Fiona explains the critical role the EPA plays and how as climate change becomes an even bigger challenge how we all can make a much bigger difference than we could ever imagine.  She unpacks the principles behind waste management and the challenges of burning fossil fuels - and busts some myths! 

The episode contains practical things we can stop and start doing from today, that will help us change our impact on the environment.

Fiona also talks to us about graduate opportunities in the EPA and critically explains the diverse opportunities available as you develop your career in the EPA. 

Also available on Apple Podcasts and other podcast platforms!

 

 

We hope this information helps you to make the most of Summer 2022.

Whatever plans you make, remember:

  • Keep note of your experiences and the skills you develop such as planning, time management, communication skills, teamwork, organisation skills etc. These are skills Employers will want to hear about.
     
  • Take some time to do something you enjoy and have a good Summer!