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4 Tips to stay productive during the Christmas Holidays

Now that the Christmas holidays are in full swing, you may be using your time off to reflect and make big career plans for the New Year, especially if you’re looking to break into the creative industries. If the only thing on your Christmas wish list is the perfect internship, then you need to be prepared to use your time off during the festive period wisely. 

Whether you’re looking to take your first steps into book publishing, PR or TV, we have put together a few tips to help you stay productive over the Christmas holidays and set you on the path of your creative career.

SPEND TIME ON YOUR CV

When was the last time you looked at your CV? Is it all up to date? If the answer is no, then this is a great time to fix it. If you spent the summer volunteering at fashion shows or shadowed a sub-editor for a week then it’s worth adding this experience to your CV. In the creative industries, every little bit of experience helps.

WORK ON YOUR PORTFOLIO
It doesn’t matter if you want to be a photographer, journalist or filmmaker, having a solid body of work behind you is a crucial when looking to break into the creative sector. Why not spend the next two weeks polishing up your portfolio and presenting it in the best possible way? Don’t forget to include the links of your published work. It will impress any potential employers if they see you have already managed to get your work out there.

NETWORK
There is every chance that you’ve heard this many times, but we cannot stress enough the importance of networking. The creative sector is a hard nut to crack so it’s worth making things easy for yourself by meeting people that can help you along the way. Sites like Meetup.com are bursting with hundreds of events for creative people and they’ll be plenty of networking events over the Christmas period.

SET GOALS
What are you looking to achieve with your career this year? It is worth taking some time to think about which area within the creative sector you would like to explore. Consider your strengths and weaknesses and write them all down. By setting yourself clear goals and giving yourself realistic timeframes to achieve them by, you can track your progress and make changes according to your relevant experience. Paid internships are a great way to start your career in the creative sector. To check out our full range of internships, head over to our opportunities page.