School’s out for the summer! Well…almost. As we near the end of winter, it’s time to start thinking about summer job opportunities. But before you begin the search, you should think first about what a part-time job could mean for you now – and for your future.
1. A way to pay for school.
First and foremost, a part-time summer job provides you with a steady paycheck. Without a class schedule and homework to keep you busy, you can devote yourself to a nearly full-time job for two months in order to make money. Those paychecks can then be saved to either help pay tuition
or go towards gas money, late night pizza orders and clothing during the school year.
This is, perhaps, the number one reason students seek summer employment. While it’s no doubt important, there are other reasons to seek a part-time job for the summer, which pay off in later years.
2. A resume builder.
Part-time jobs enable you to actually fill a resume up with work experience, and they help get your foot in the door for an interview. Though your part-time jobs may be flipping burgers or spending summers as a lifeguard at the pool, they are experiences that mold you into an employee who can take instruction from superiors, provide helpful customer service and work as a reliable member on a team.
Never underestimate the value of a part-time job. Any role you serve in is a step toward building your eventual career.
3. A way to network.
You know the old saying: it’s all about who you know. And when it comes to finding a job, that rings true. The best thing you can do during your part-time job experience is meet other people – customers, co-workers and superiors alike.
During your time working, you will meet people in various roles or industries that interest you. The best thing you can do for your future is to connect with those people and establish a relationship. It can be as simple as saying, “Hey, I’m really interested in what you do, and I’d love to hear more about it. Can we meet for coffee or could I get your contact info so I can email you a few questions?”
4. A way to prevent brain drain.
Finally, one great reason to get a summer job
is to prevent what’s called “summer brain drain.” Also referred to as summer learning loss, it’s what students experience when they step out of the classroom for months at a time, forget what they’ve learned and leave routine behind.
With a part-time job, you can keep your mind sharp, which in turn will help you problem-solve at your job better, be more productive with your time and return to the classroom in better mental shape than when you left.
All things considered, you should get a part-time job just to have something to do all summer. Fortunately, it comes with many more benefits than simply keeping you occupied.