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There you are: sitting on the beach, covered in sunscreen, reading your favorite book, drinking your favorite drink under the cool shade of an umbrella. Life doesn’t get any better than this… Suddenly, a door slams, a phone rings, a printer turns on. You jolt back into consciousness. You’re at work, sitting in your cubicle, without even a hint of sunshine streaming in from outside. The days of sleeping in until 12 then spending the day at the beach on a random Tuesday are gone. Related: 6 Tips For Kick-Starting Your Career This Summer When you’re working a full-time job, finding time to enjoy the warm, bright summer weather can be a challenge. This is especially true for young professionals, as many of them are used to having summers off (or, at the very least, having a flexible summer schedule). But there’s no need to feel trapped behind your cubicle walls. Go out and enjoy summer. As an insightful hip-hopper once said, YOLO! Here are a few tips for making the most out of your summer while working full-time:

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If the recent Polar Vortex has taught us anything, it’s that winter is very much alive and well. While you’re sitting by the fire or trying to shovel away all that snow, you’re probably counting down the days for sunshine, clear skies, and of course, that valuable summer internship. Wait, what? Isn’t it too early to start thinking about summer internships? After all, you may have just landed a spring opportunity or participated in a short winter internship. However, the time to start researching, creating contacts, and putting yourself on the path to nabbing a summer internship is now. As with any job search, finding the right opportunity takes time, sometimes spanning many months. The sooner you start building and following through with your summer internship plan, the more success you’ll have. Assuming you have the next five months to dedicate to your summer internship search, use the following timeline to steer your way to the right opportunity:

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Being stuck in a stuffy old office is no fun in the summertime, especially when you know how sunny and warm it is outside. It's hard to focus at work when all you can think about is hitting the beach, soaking up some rays, or getting your grill on. So, how can employees make the best of the summer months while they are chained to their desk five days a week? Here are six ways to capture a little summer and put it in your cubicle:

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As a kid, I remember thinking teachers had great jobs because they got to take summers off. I didn't quite grasp the challenges of the position nor did I understand that, unlike their students, teachers do not spend the Summer at sleep-away camp or catching up on video games. I still think that teachers have great jobs, although for entirely different reasons. They get to play a meaningful role in the lives of their students, they solve new problems every day, they are constantly challenged and constantly learning.

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