Summer may be a few months away, but now is a great time for students to start researching potential employment opportunities. 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 prepared an updated résumé and a good list of references. They may also want to reach out to their guidance counselors, teachers, coaches or other mentors, as they may know of potential positions in the community or may be willing to recommend them for a job. Working during the summer, when students don’t have to balance homework and other school-related demands, is not only a great way to earn money for college and other expenses, but also a great way to network and learn new skills that can help during the college admissions process. Here are just a few great summer jobs students may want to consider.
1. Camp Counselor
Students who love children or the outdoors should seriously consider becoming a camp counselor. The pay is on the same level with most retail positions and students will gain valuable experience. Camp counselors often manage large groups and must work together with others on a regular basis. They must also be able to think outside the box and handle unexpected situations; all qualities that college admission officers are looking for in future students. Students, who don't want to travel far from home or be gone for extended periods, can also participate in local day camps at area museums, zoos and churches. Students can find available 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.
3. 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 some knowledge about the game of golf and the ability to carry a heavy bag (or two) for several hours a day. The benefits often include reduced green fees and the chance to get some advice from advanced golfers. Students also have the opportunity to network with company executives and area business leaders, which can help when securing recommendation letters for college. It’s entirely possible for students to earn between $200 and $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 for students to advertise their services or search potential positions. Most students earn between $10 and $15 an hour, but many can earn even more by charging additional fees for services like meal preparation or light housekeeping. House sitting is another possibility for students, as well. Some of the responsibilities may include: landscaping, housekeeping, collecting mail, caring for pets and/or plants and more. Students may receive a set fee for their services or may be allowed to live in the home in exchange for services, which can help students save on rent or dorm fees over the summer. Rates for services vary, based on where the property is located and the tasks required.
Students should not feel restricted to jobs at the mall or local restaurants; there are opportunities at their local gyms (personal trainer), community centers (lifeguard) and other organizations. The key is for students 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.
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