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How to find seasonal work in the UK, or Abroad

Friday 1st July 2011

It’s nearly July and the summer holidays are closer than ever so have you decided where and what you’re going to do for your gap year yet? If you’re sporty you can even use your gap year to achieve some useful skills and qualifications. Many of the companies advertising here on Gapwork.com offer instructor courses that will train you in the sport of your choice and present you with a skill level that you can put on your CV and use for the rest of your life.

Types of seasonal work

Seasonal work and training organisations offer sports-based or outdoor adventure jobs as group leaders or instructors of sailing, canoeing, windsurfing instructors and extreme sports co-ordinators. They also regularly advertise for more general seasonal workers to fill their summer vacancies in catering, housekeeping or restaurant and bar work. It depends on how specialized your knowledge of a certain area or activity is that will determine which level of position you should decide to apply for. If you’re already a highly-skilled chef, or skier then you’ll find it easier to secure

When to apply for a summer job

If you’re interested in a seasonal job abroad then you need to start applying for positions with organisations during the autumn for a place the following year. You also want to beat the rush for part-time positions that happens at the end of May when all school and college leavers race to secure their temporary jobs for the summer. So if it’s just for the summer holidays start looking in the March before.

Once you’ve found your seasonal job or placement, if it’s in a country other than the UK start researching which visa you require to work abroad, if any and find out about travel insurance and any medical vaccinations you may need to have before you go. Most seasonal work companies with good reputations will be able to help you with the legalities of working abroad and ask you practice nurse or GP for medical advice, especially if you’re travelling to a country with malaria.

Take a look at the specialist gap year travel companies that advertise their seasonal job services and trips abroad on Gapwork.com for inspiration and more gap year information.