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Managing holiday, my job and experience for UCAS Watch

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    it's my summer holiday and i want to enjoy myself as well as work. I have recently just got a job which i love but i am new to it and want to show commitment. At the same time i am aware that this summer would be a good opportunity to do some work experience/volunteering somewhere but i'm not sure how i would juggle this with work as i want to earn money but at the same time i know volunteering will look good on ucas form for unis. Any ideas firstly what i could do for volunteering/work experience- also i am planning on doing duke of Edinburgh and sports when i go to my new sixth form and a first aid course, I just don't want to seem not committed to my job as obviously i want the money. but i feel like im in an awkward situation- any tips/advice?

    What subject are you intending to study at Uni?

    Unless its something obviously vocational/job related like Law, Nursing, Medicine, Architecture etc then you don't need to fret about having lots of extra-curricular on your UCAS application. If you are working over the summer, mention that in terms of 'has given me excellent experience of team work, working to deadlines and managing work flow' or whatever - ie. skills that will be useful at Uni or just show you are more mature/switched on than most other 18 year olds.

    You can do simple 'volunteer' things like a charity sponsored fun-run or 5km during the winter (Race for Life is ideal) and use this to talk about 'working to a goal', 'community involvement', 'making a commitment to raise £250' etc (these races are also enormous fun as well!). You can train for this in the evenings/weekends etc (if you need to) and the race itself will only take up a few hours - simple.

    Only a small paragraph in your PS need be about extra-curriculars - what the Universities really want to hear is 'I want to study this subject for 3 or 4 years at University BECAUSE.........' not a long list of hobbies and 'stuff I do at school'..
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