Great Summer Gigs for Students
Summer’s here and it’s time to start earning money! There are always those traditional teenage summer jobs, like working at a fast food restaurant or in retail, but even those jobs are becoming harder to snag. To be competitive, students should make sure they have an updated résumé and a good list of references. You should also reach out to guidance counselors, teachers, coaches or other mentors, as they may know of potential gigs.
1. Uber Eats
For students who want to have a flexible schedule, delivery with Uber Eats is the top option. This gig lets you be your own boss and make your own schedule. All you need is a car, scooter, bike or your own feet in some cities. Click here to learn how to become an Uber Eats delivery partner.
2. Camp Counselor
Students who love children or the outdoors should consider becoming a camp counselor. The pay is about the same as other traditional summer jobs and you’ll get great experience. Camp counselors often manage large groups and must work together with others on a regular basis. You’ll be thinking outside the box and handling unexpected situations; all qualities that college admission officers and future employers will be looking for. Find camp openings on CampStaff.com and other search services.
Whether students are great at math, English or a musical instrument, tutoring provides great flexibility and a good income. Salaries vary, depending on the subject and the skill of the tutor, but students can expect to make anywhere from $10 to $50 an hour. Students can choose to work for a business (if qualified), such as Sylvan Learning Centers, or strike out on their own. Many students advertise their services in online community forums, at the library or submit their profiles to services like Care.com. Those planning to pursue a degree in education may find that tutoring can open up doors to potential internships and even teaching positions after they have completed their degree.
4. Golf Caddy
Although this job is not for everyone, it does provide an above-average wage for high school and college students. Students must have a knowledge of golf and the ability to carry a heavy bag (or two) for several hours a day. Golf Caddy benefits often include reduced green fees and the chance to get some advice from more experienced golfers. Plus you never know who you will run into on the golf course. Caddy’s are well paid, and can earn $200 to $400 a day, depending on the course location and how well the members tip.
Students who love pets or children can usually find work whenever they want it. Websites like Care.com and SitterCity.com are a great way to advertise your services or search potential positions. Most students earn between $10 and $15 an hour, but there’s also an opportunity to earn more by charging additional fees for services like meal preparation or light housekeeping.
So don’t feel restricted to jobs at the mall or local restaurants; there are opportunities everywhere – your local gyms (personal trainer), community centers (lifeguard) and other organizations. The key is to start the job search process early and to be flexible when negotiating benefits and salaries. Those looking for a job this summer may want to stop by their student employment office or try one of the online search services, such as SnagaJob.com or Indeed.com.