BudgetDecide how much you need to make this summer to cover your expenses over the year. Consider the cost of tuition as well as other expenses during the school year like textbooks and materials. If you set up a goal, anything you earn over will become a bonus that you can save for later, larger expenses or use over the summer as you wish. (We suggest saving, for the record.) With that in mind, budgeting will become a lot easier and a lot less stressful. If you're in high school, we recommend saving as much of your summer income as possible for your college expenses. Right now, you have the benefit of living with your parents and you won't always have that. Save while you're able on things like cost of living, food, etc. - don't spend money on unnecessary items!
NetworkYou should consider every job, no matter how mundane, as an opportunity to make connections and build your contacts. While it would be ideal to have paid internships in your field for every job in college, that’s unrealistic to expect. Try to look at every job as an opportunity to build upon your skill set and social network. That also means take every job seriously and treat it as professionally as possible so that you will be reputable to all the people you encounter there.
While this may sound a little cheesy, keep in mind that most jobs are obtained through a personal network, so it’s really in your favor to begin to have this mindset sooner rather than later.
Build Your ResumeWhile not all jobs you hold will be able to relate to your future career, try to look for positions that utilize qualities necessary in your particular field of study. That way, you will be able to add your job experience to your resume and it will speak to your career potential in that field, since you already have a basic skill set. For example, if you’re going into teaching young children, why not become a nanny or camp counselor for a summer? It’s a great way to get experience with children while enjoying the summer and making money – not to mention that it will speak to your skill set as a childcare provider, educator and mentor.
LocationAre you hoping to continue this position part-time over the school year or would you rather utilize this position to check out a city you may want to pursue a career in one day? If you want to keep your position, it’s important to consider its proximity to your school. Trying out a new city to see if it is a good fit can be very beneficial also, it just depends on where your priorities rest. Want the best of both worlds? Try a job at a large company that has locations all over the country. That way, you will be able to work there over the summer and, perhaps, transfer locations to work part-time while in school. Note: If that’s the only reason you want to work there, let them know that’s your plan so that you’re sure it will work out. Otherwise, you may regret taking the position if you are not able to transfer!
What do you hope to get out of your summer position?