Go entrepreneurial.It takes a little more effort to launch your own “summer business,” but it can be rewarding. Start by looking at your hobbies and interests and examine how you can turn that into a profit. Enjoy doing crafts? Sell your wares, whether online or at summer markets/festivals, or both. Like working outside? Start doing yard work or wash cars in your neighborhood. Love animals? Find out who needs dog-walking or other pet-sitting services. Be creative and, when possible, aim to fill a need in your community.
Get certified.It takes a little more time and planning, but a summer job that involves certification proves that you can be dedicated to accomplishing a goal – and that can go a long way with future employers or college admissions offices. Keep in mind that some summer jobs, like life guarding, require certification – while others, like babysitting, have optional (but helpful) certification. Both show your commitment to a goal, however.
Get a head-start on your career path.Do you have a professional field you’d like to pursue? Why wait? Look for summer jobs that will help with your future plans. Want to teach? Consider being a camp counselor or tutor. Want to work as a veterinarian one day? Take a job at a pet-supplies store. Want to go into IT? Inquire about positions at a computer-repair shop or the computer/technology department at a retail store. There are many summertime positions that can link to future professions.
Get leadership experience.Even if you don’t have a clear idea of what career path you want to pursue, or even what direction you want to go once you are out of school, you still can start building up your résumé with positions that show your leadership abilities – whether you are a supervisor at a fast-food restaurant or retail outlet, or take control of a single project or program for a summer camp.
Ask for advice.Many teens find jobs by asking parents, relatives or neighbors about summer jobs at their workplaces. This is a great way to explore options that you may not have thought of or considered previously – and a great way to make connections and show initiative.
Remember, you are gaining valuable skills no matter what summer job you take. And if your summertime employment goes well, you’ll be able to prove you are responsible and reliable, and leave with at least one professional reference.
Need a place to keep your hard-earned money?
Working to earn extra cash also gives you the opportunity to develop money management skills. A good place to start is with an ONB Student Checking account. It's a safe place to keep your money and gives you convenient access by mobile app, digital wallet and more.
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