In an ideal world people apply for certain jobs because they feel it will be a role they enjoy with a company they appreciate, and they don't do it just because of the wage packet. I recently applied, got and finished a job working at the National Railway Museum in York at their nine day festival Railfest! Originally I wanted the job because of lots of reasons, it was a decent amount of hours over a short period of time and would have given me a nice lump sum to fund my summer, plus I also have an interest in history and really liked the look of the job description.

Potentially the most important reason that I tried very hard to get this job and was so pleased when I was successful, was because I really wanted event experience! Hoping for a career in media it's sort of a given that I will come across many events; whether they be social, promotional, one-off celebrations or annual traditions, and I want to get as much knowledge of how they function as I can! In my mind, the more experience I gain from doing event work the more qualified I will be for working in a professional environment. For example right from the start the interview processes that I will go through are all brilliant practice, there's no way to prepare yourself better for that vital interview for your first full-time job than going through interviews for plenty of part-time jobs. Assuming you're then successful, you then get to spend time working with individuals you've never met before - customers and colleagues alike. At this point, I got to hone my social skills and present myself how I wanted to be presented; this is always very important because you're going into a situation where you have to hold your own, the impressions you make will stay with the people you work with and work for, and can have consequences later on. If you're polite and happy and organised in your part-time role, other people will notice and appreciate that, and maybe if you apply for a job with that company again, they'll remember you positively!

If you're lucky you'll also get to genuinely enjoy any work or volunteer experience you get; I know I did with Railfest even though most of the days were rather cold and wet and I was outside! If you find that the more you have fun with a job, then the more you want to do it and apply for jobs like it, and ultimately start a career in it. This kind of attitude is vital for helping a person differentiate between their interests and their ambitions, it can either prove to you you're on the right track or suggest a new career path for you - so work experience at any kind of job is always a good idea. Use the extra time you have over summer to do what I did; find some work that interests you, do it and see where it takes you and how it makes you feel, because it's the little jobs that will help you find the big one.