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Summer Holidays: What Do I Do Now!

The sun is shining and you aren't heading in to school everyday. What do you do with yourself? Samantha gives us a a few ideas of where we can find work to see us through. 

It’s the summer holidays: what do I do now!

Now contrary to our student’s belief that most teachers live in school, although I am sure some of us do form time to time. We will all mostly be off doing wonderful things over the next six weeks and reporting back to each other in September.

Many teachers like to travel, completely relaxing and forgetting about the stresses of teaching and what other profession offers full six weeks to be able to do this, I certainty can’t think of any.Some will perhaps stay at home, spend time with friends and family, work on the garden, DIY or general tasks that build up and never get done in term time. Many will probably have one too many BBQs, drink one too many glasses of wine, not get anything done what you planned and head for September with a resolution to perhaps exercise more, or cook for yourself more often maybe.

What about teachers who don’t get paid over the summer, supply, short term or in between contracts. Or teachers that have been financially unorganised through the year and finding making ends meet a struggle?

I have been in this situation for the past two summers, thankfully this is the first year I am not but I will share with you my ideas for a fun and lucrative summer.

The best way I dealt with it was to carry on working, I know that’s dull but a well thought out part time roll in a bar, restaurant or theatre can actually enhance your summer. I spent a summer working three evenings a week hosting events; I had so much fun, met new people and made money. It was nice to have a job that was more physical and less cognitive too. I also made sure I took one week completely free to visit friends and family and chill out in the sun shine. I went back in September refreshed and happy, I actually didn’t need the break from work just a different setting.

So here are my top 5 ideas for summer work:

1. Talk to Protocol Education as they have preschool work available over the summer.
2. Bar and restaurants, a great way to chat to people whilst earning tips and you might even find true love over the menus.
3. Theatres, box office and ushers are an amazing way to see shows and work with creatively minded people.
4. Summer youth projects, all over the place and they are always looking for people to teach workshops, or run fun activity sessions.
5. Tutoring, this one is a no brainer, not a personal favourite but it can easily rack up the money pile and the ease of one on one as opposed to one on thirty I hear is a relief.

So enjoy the sun, earn some cash and come back in September ready for a new year. I will be working this summer, hitting the gym every day and writing a novel, whilst starting a new personal blog. I think I might need six months instead of six weeks to get through all of that lot!

Samantha is secondary drama teacher and is currently in a long-term role in East London. She blogs regularly so if you enjoy her blogs you don't need to wait long until the next one. 


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