Summer Job Benefits
If you're a teen or young adult and your parents aren't pushing you to get a summer job, why would you do it? Likewise, if you're already working a full-time job, why take yet another job during the summer and really kill your free time. It is true - a summer job is not for everyone. If you're participating in other activities, attending summer school or have a high-demand job, it may be best to forego the additional job. However, there are also advantages to taking a job for a few months. Consider the following advantages:
- You'll be able to list some jobs on your resume. Applying for future jobs will be easier if you have lots of work experience. Even if it is not in a related field, showing that you held a job at all proves your responsibility.
- Summer jobs keep you out of trouble. Having a summer job gives you something else to do. It can really help you get your life back on the right track. While this is good advice for high school and college kids, it is also sound advice for anyone trying to better their lives.
- There are added benefits to many summer jobs. In addition to being paid for the work you do, you may get discounts, free tickets, specialized training, and other things you need. You'll be everyone's best friend if you get a 50% discount for yourself and your entire party at the restaurant where you work!
- Colleges like to see that you're holding down a job. It is important that your application be well-rounded, and having a summer job can help you get into the college that you really want. This is true for both high school kids and those looking to further their education by going back to school as an adult student.
- You'll make more money. Who couldn't use the extra cash? Summer jobs may not be the most high paying jobs around, but you can make a few thousand dollars over the summer, even just working part time. Put that money towards college, buy new clothing for yourself and your children, or save it up for Christmas!