Postcard of the Week: Vive les Vacances!
Bonjour! Today’s Postcard of the Week comes from la belle France: Vive les Vacances! I am doing just that in France, at this very moment. I’m currently on holiday in the countryside in Midi-Pyrénées, a region I don’t think I’ve ever visited before (at least that I can remember). My French holidays as a little girl were spent in Aquitane, on the Atlantic coast near Bordeaux.
Academic summer holidays used to be an absolute blessing. None of my friends my age now enjoy long spells of summer holidays, except for the odd friend who’s become a teacher, and I seriously miss it. One piece of advice I have for current students (which is potentially not great career advice): you have the whole of the rest of your life to work, there will be plenty of time for that. Enjoy your summer holidays and travel as much as you can, you can do all the internships you like some other time. But not when the sun is shining and the world awaits you. Take looooong trips of 2-months or even 3-months. At no other point in your life will it be so easy to grab a backpack, throw in some belongings and hit the road. During my 4-year degree I spent three summers abroad exploring Europe and perfecting my languages, and I spent one summer working on my career in the UK. I worked solid 6-day weeks simultaneously holding down an unpaid internship and a paid bar job, as well as a 1-month International Relations course in London. I don’t regret it, as that internship directly affected my success in finding a graduate job, but it’s not exactly a memorable summer for me. Travel as far and as widely as you can! Once you start working, you won’t have the freedom.