Christmas Holidays: 7 Activities to Rejuvenate Your Career

Things you probably never tried on Christmas

Christmas holidays in Nigeria always offer a break away from work. It is perhaps the only time you are permitted to switch into a lazy mode without any remorse.

Of course, there is a need to recharge the brain and body after going for over 300 days working.

However, while we agree that Christmas holidays should be put to very good use by resting, catching up with friends and family and having fun; we believe that’s not all you could do.

There are certain things you can do during Christmas holidays that are fun and would do your career a lot of good.

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We have compiled a list of suggestions of 7 fun things you should do Christmas holidays.

So, make the best of Christmas holidays and you’ll be happy you read through the list below:

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1. Get some exercise

Staying healthy is one of the great things you should do during the Christmas holiday. We suggest you take a careful look at your plans for the holiday and decide what time of the day works best for you.

Since it is Christmas and you are more likely to be visiting friends or hosting friends and family frequently, you might want to go for an early-morning exercise regimen. Getting a  Nautilus R614 would definitely aid with that.

You can start as early as 5am or 6am depending on where you reside and how intensely you want to exercise.

If you don’t know how to exercise, there are lots of websites that have a free database of workout routines, with great instructional videos and photos, for men and women. They also have a store where you can buy supplements to support your nutrition. You can save on these health supplements using coupon codes.

Did you know that exercising regularly would help you perform better at work? A study has shown that exercising helps you become more productive. It was discovered that employees who exercise before going to work or during their lunch break were less stressed and were happier and more productive.

Things even get more interesting when the report stated that those who get exercise performed better on exercise days.

So, remember to fix an exercise regimen into Christmas holidays and make it a part of your daily list of things to do during and after Christmas holidays.

If you happen to have a desk job and you are trying to lose weight, there are 5 things you should do.

Other benefits of exercising include:

  • Improved memory
  • You will live longer
  • Self-confidence boost
  • You will sleep better
  • Helps you set and achieve goals
  • Makes you happier
  • Increases your flexibility
  • Strengthens your body against disease 

 

2. Revamp your CV

Christmas holidays are a really good time to take a look at your CV especially if your job had not afforded you the opportunity or time needed to do this.

Dedicate a specific day to update your CV, revamp your cover letter and other important documents.
It is important to keep these documents updated because you might need them on short notice.

Remember Christmas holidays are mostly about having fun and taking a break so try not to spend all your time updating your CV and important documents but strike the perfect balance.

However, opportunities can come knocking at any time. Do it in bits if you can’t dedicate a stretch of time into doing it. Remember to add all crucial facts and figures into your CV and other documents.

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3. Consider volunteering

The holiday is a great time to relax and it is also a good time to take advantage of volunteering opportunities.

Volunteering comes with a lot of advantages. It helps you acquire new skills and holds strong a potential to give your career a boost.

The amazing thing about volunteering is that it helps you catch fun while working and acquiring new skills. Some of the benefits of volunteer work include:

  • Acquire new skills
  • Join a community
  • Offers a chance to make a difference
  • Take up fresh challenges
  • Catch some fun
  • Expand your network
  • Builds your confidence

 

4. Apply for a scholarship

The good thing about applying for scholarships is that you don’t have to spend Christmas holidays doing it.

All you need to do is devote some time to it during the holiday. Think of this as sowing a few hours into improving yourself and enhancing your career. Below are benefits of taking up a scholarship program:

  • Financial benefit: Given the fact that scholarships are free, it gives students an opportunity to focus on their studies and careers. As an added benefit, students do not have to worry about repaying loans.
  • Educational benefit: Having a scholarship that pays for your education and living expenses reduces the risk of dropping out. When financial barriers are removed through scholarships, education and career goals become easier to achieve.
  • Career benefit: When you have a scholarship that you got by merit, it makes you more attractive as a job candidate. Things get even better if you find yourself dealing with employers who appreciate the competitive nature of scholarships. Scholarships are largely viewed as an accomplishment. When it is a merit-based scholarship, employers do not miss the pointer that this means you are exceptionally gifted in your field. It is not unusual to find people listing scholarships as accomplishments on their CV.

There are a number of international scholarships for African students and you should consider applying for some of them during Christmas holidays.

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5. See some movies

There are so many movies that you have not watched and Christmas holidays are surely hot on the list of times to see such movies.

Remember that during the holiday, you actually have a lot of time. Don’t hesitate to take full advantage of this to see some really nice movies.

If you’re the kind of person who likes to draw up a list of movies to see, you should consider seeing at least one of the movies below during Christmas holidays. The reason? They are career movies with lots of lessons that will impact your career positively. I remember one that was about a bank that was robbed because their metal detector was not functioning.

Below are career movies you should consider picking from:

  • The Pursuit of Happyness
  • Wall Street
  • Clerks
  • The Social Network
  • Up in the Air
  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • Jerry Maguire
  • Office Space
  • Exam

 

6. Apply for an internship or a job

It is important to never give up on your internship search and Christmas holidays are a good time to apply for internships.

Internship openings will offer you an opportunity to make connections, learn more about your field and develop your skills.

All of these can be planned during Christmas holidays. There are, however, certain things to keep in mind when applying for internships.

If you are already an intern, there are things you should do after your internship regardless of whether you loved or despised your experience as an intern to improve your career prospects in future.

Below are other benefits of internships:

  • Helps you get a foot in the door of potential employers
  • Looks good on your CV
  • Offers a window to test a career before making long-term decisions
  • Offers real-life insight of jobs
  • Helps you find mentors
  • Introduces you to office cultures

Before you apply for a job, take some time to research companies you would like to work for. Get contact information and send inquiries for positions of interest. Write compelling cover letters and updated CVs.

Come January when most companies begin hiring in readiness for the new year, these applications for jobs or internships will be seen.

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7. Reconnect with old friends and colleagues

During Christmas holidays, you should make an attempt to reconnect with old friends and former colleagues. They are bound to appreciate the reconnection and you would easily follow up on such calls depending on the kind of relationship you shared with the person on the other end of the line.

Some old friends and former colleagues might just be well connected, enough to point you in career directions that would prove very valuable.

You honestly don’t have to call 100 friends and colleagues to reconnect. Just draw up a list of people you haven’t spoken to in a while and put a call through to them or chat them up.

 

Final thoughts on Christmas holidays…

Christmas holidays come only once a year so make the best of it. Have as much fun as your body can accommodate but remember to infuse those activities that have a direct impact on your career.
You’ll be glad you did! Tell us one thing that you are really looking forward to doing during Christmas holidays.

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