Teachers really should spend their summer holidays re-charging their batteries, getting some rest and relaxation and enjoying a bit of sun.
Many will probably end up spending time clearing up after this year and planning for the next.
And for some, the break can offer a chance to earn some much needed extra funds. A chance to either make some pocket money for a special holiday, to pay for a special purchase or build up a deposit for a down payment on a house.
Here are some suggestions for those who feel the need to raise some extra cash over the summer holidays.
Register with a temping agency
Over the summer holidays, businesses are in need of temporary cover as their own staff go away on their breaks. Registering with an agency won’t earn you a fortune, but a few hundred pounds a week can be a healthy addition to your bank balance.
Do some freelance work
Teachers have to be strong writers, after all they do it all the time. Again, there are not thousands to be made from this, but it is enjoyable if you like putting words on the page, and offers a bit of pocket money in return for a flexible commitment.
Freelancing doesn’t just have to mean writing. Whatever skills you have, there is likely to be some demand for them. There are websites where you can register an interest.
Lots of parents want some tutoring for their children over the holidays. It is intensive, but can generate quite a tidy income, especially if you go it alone rather than work through an agency.
Tutors can earn up to £70 per hour, although £30 is a more normal figure. Just check, though, your school’s position on this, particularly if you are asked to tutor a child who attends your workplace. And remember to declare the income for tax purposes.
You might still be lucky enough to find a vacancy, and could certainly start thinking about Summer holidays 2018.
For those who love the great outdoors, adventure type holiday centres are after a range of qualities in their summer staff. From instructors (you will need to be qualified in the field, although on the job training is sometimes offered) to counsellors, there are a number of jobs to fill. This is in response to a growing uptake in this country for summer school residential trips.
The pay is pretty awful, but usually everything is provided, so you will be able to put away what you earn.
There are various English language summer schools dotted around the country. Again, the wages are not brilliant, and the work is hard (the children do not always want to be there – whilst learning to abseil and canoe might be perceived as fun, learning a new language is less appealing to many).
Tutoring, English teaching in schools, outward bound type leadership – all of these take place overseas as well as in Britain, and you do, of course, have the essential skill of being a natural English speaker.
It is not always essential to have fluency in a second language, although it probably helps, and a job such as this is a good way of paying for an extended holiday. In fact, with careful planning, it can become a bit of a mini gap year.
Slightly different to tutoring is the role of a personal tutor. Whereas with the former you might work with several students each for an hour or two a week, here you are fully committed to one child, or perhaps a family.
The pay tends to be good – people who hire personal tutors are often pretty wealthy – but a lot of jobs are in term time. However, if you search hard enough, and contact agencies (Gabbitas is a good starting point) you might find something.
Expect hard work and be prepared to be treated as a semi servant – it all depends on the family you end up with – but you will also get to see some great places.
A bit of a cuckoo in this particular nest as you are unlikely to earn any more than basic expenses, and not necessarily even these. But by supporting a cause, for example through environmental work, you will get to see some new places, meet great people and gain a useful line for your CV.
Finally, if teaching seems like it is not for you, and you want to get some experience at something else, the summer is a good time to do this. You might not get paid, or only receive minimal wages, but will have a great opportunity to see if the grass really is greener.
Plus, if it goes well and you do decide on a career change, you might have a ready made employer. Businesses prefer to appoint people they know.
But, whatever you choose, do get some rest over the summer. You do need it.