Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start making a decision on how to spend your break from school. While this is an amazing season to travel, go to the beach, and enjoy your free time with friends, it is also a great time to find a job and gain professional experience to put on your resume. In fact, there are many benefits to using your summer break not only for fun and travel but for work as well.
During the school year, it is often difficult to find time to work. Homework, athletics, and other extracurricular activities usually fill up our schedules, leaving little or no time to find a suitable job. However, working over the summer allows you to dedicate as much as time as necessary to focus on your job, and—if you have enough free time—it can give you the possibility to turn a part-time job into full-time job. Earning extra cash and saving it while you have time in the summer can even help you get rid of the stress of having to work throughout the school year.
In addition to earning more, something that should also motivate you to consider a summer job is that there are a lot more options to choose from. While there are common jobs that will always be around such as cashiers, sales associates, and customer service representatives, during the warmer months there are opportunities for more unique jobs that aren’t offered all year round. These can include more fun and hassle-free positions such as summer camp counsellors, or jobs by the beach at resorts or hotels, as they hire significantly more people during the busy summer months.
Another great aspect of summer jobs is that some employers open up new positions specifically for students, aimed at training young adults and introducing them to a certain field. Many of these jobs even offer the possibility of an extension when summer ends, meaning that if you are inclined to work during the school year you can negate the stress of applying at the beginning of the semester by already having secured something over the summer.
But when it comes to summer jobs, not everything is about making money or finding the perfect job. Summer positions also give us the opportunity to come out of our shell, meet new people and places, and even make new friends.
While summer is an amazing time for relaxation with friends and family; you should not rule out the option of getting a job, even if it’s only part time. Who says you can’t spend summer at both your job and the beach?
By Leah Symonne