Why Get a Summer Job?

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You’ve worked hard all school year, can’t summer just be a time to relax? Sure, rest and relaxation are important, but there are some really great reasons to look for a job this summer!

1. It looks great on a resume. Boost your resume now, before you start looking for a post-college job.

2. You can earn textbook money. If you’re getting a Pell Grant refund, it’s probably not coming until October. You can’t count on your first ETV check of the semester to arrive before the semester starts. Save up money during the summer to buy textbooks in August.

3. It helps you decide what you want to do with your life and you can learn what you do and don’t want in a career. If you’re working in a customer service job and you hate it, then maybe you should rethink nursing as a career – both involve working closely with people. If your summer job is a at a day camp and you discover you love working with kids, then maybe being an accountant and sitting behind a desk all day isn’t for you.

4. It keeps you from getting bored. Ever hear anyone say “A body at rest stays at rest. A body in motion tends to stay in motion”? If you take an entire summer off, you will lose all your inertia.  It will be really hard to go back to school in the fall if you have done absolutely nothing for 2 or 3 months.

5. Applying and interviewing now are good practice for the real thing. Filling out applications and going to interviews are admittedly low stakes. So, it’s a great way to practice for the real thing. You don’t want your first interview ever to be for your first, real post-graduation job. Get some practice in now.

Not sure where to apply? Here are some suggestions.




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