Summer is the perfect time to rest + reCHAARG after a looong school year filled with classes, projects, essays, club meetings, ++ internships. While it’s definitely great to give yourself the downtime you need [+ deserve!], if you have free time over the summer, it’s a great opportunity to make money + build your resume!
Since we spend most of our year working towards our majors // dream careers // future goals, we can sometimes feel deterred from getting a summer job that doesn’t fit with the *plans* we make for ourselves. But whether you’re majoring in communications, biology, or art, any job can help you build meaningful skills that you can apply to what you’re studying! For example, if you work as a customer service rep at a retail store for the summer, you’re building great interpersonal + communication skills that can be applied to your major + life. People skills are always necessary in almost any job. : )
Besides adding to your skill set, a summer job can be a great chance to have an experience outside of your comfort zone + encourage growth in your life.
Since your summer job may only be temporary, it’s the perfect time to try something new! Try a job as a cupcake decorator at a local bakery, a caterer, a bank teller, summer camp counselor, or any other *odd job* you can think of. It doesn’t necessarily have to be your dream career, but you may discover a passion project you can continue in the future! It’s also good to change your perspectives + continue learning new things throughout life, so don’t limit yourself to what you think you should do.
Of course, an obvious benefit of getting a summer job [if you haven’t been convinced yet ; )] is the money you’ll make. You could #treatyourself, but you can also start a savings account, take over some bills, or donate to charity! You can spread the love + take your family // friends out for lunch or ice cream, too. : )
The important thing to remember about summer jobs is that they’re exactly what they sound like — a summer job. It’s only temporary + does not have to be your permanent job! But they’re worth having if you have the time for one — summer jobs help build valuable job market + life skills, give you the opportunity to experience something new, ++ let you earn some extra spending money to have around when you need it [or need a new pair of workout leggings… ; )].
++Ashleigh Monaco [ashvm_inchaarg] // University of Iowa