It’s Time to Think Summer

12 May


The spring semester has ended and summer is upon us.  Pat yourself on the back you have made it another semester!  Taking summer classes?  Looking for an internship? What about study abroad? Or even picking up a part-time job? Now is the time to THINK SUMMER.

A summer job is a great way to make a few dollars to pay for various activities or to prepare for the next school year. While many students will rely on the mentality of “any job will do,” others are more mindful about what the job can offer in terms of education. Your choices could also be beneficial for future decisions once you have graduated. These temporary jobs typically can range in three categories:

  • Entrepreneur
  • Career Building
  • Passing Time



Being a young entrepreneur can provide you with a great deal of experience when it comes to developing a business practice. As long as you have a marketable talent or product, you could have a great deal of success starting up a new business using little money.  And starting your own business isn’t as difficult as some may think and it could offer an excellent chance to develop your skills. So, what can be gained from being an entrepreneur during the summer months?

  • Being your own boss
  • Designing your own schedule of pay
  • Developing your own strategies for improvement
  • Practicing marketing skills
  • Developing a sense of responsibility to the business
  • Provides insight to the various aspects of business practices
  • Could potentially turn into a lucrative practice
  • Easily added to a résumé

Career Building

Some jobs available throughout the summer could be beneficial towards your future career. For example, any job that involves communicating with the public can help you gain you valuable skills andPurdue student at work experience. Whether you’re gaining this skill by standing across the counter from a customer or talking to them over the phone, you are gaining valuable communication skills. Regardless of what you’ll decide as a future career, there are jobs that can improve your marketability. Some of the potential benefits from a career building summer job could be:

  • Emphasizing aspects of a job that are related a career
  • Obtaining knowledge of certain criteria for your career path
  • Providing a stepping stone within that organization to obtain a greater position
  • Allowing experience on a small level to determine if you’re on the right path for yourself
  • Improving your résumé by showing experience in related fields

Passing Time

For many students, a job is just a way to pass the summer months and make a few dollars on the side. However, even these jobs can be greatly beneficial to your development both as an individual and a future employee. In some regards, working a variety of jobs before choosing a career path could be more advantageous in the long run. Working a variety of jobs allows you the experience to investigate what types of jobs you enjoy and what types of jobs you really do not.  This experience is vital in picking a successful career.  What kind of benefits could you expect from any summer job?

  • Building character and a work ethic
  • Providing the ability to explore different opportunities
  • Discovering who you are as a person as well as an employee
  • Demonstrates your willingness to work when added to your résumé
  • Could open doors to possibilities you didn’t realize existed

A summer job can be almost anything you need it to be. Whether you want to experience running your own business, improving your career marketability, or just need a job to put gas in your tank – a summer job can do great things for you as an individual. Choose what works best for you and you’ll benefit from the knowledge you obtain. Remember, even menial jobs can offer insight to how the world works.

Ken Myers is a father, husband, and entrepreneur. He has combined his passion for helping families find in-home care with his experience to build a business. Learn more about him by visiting @KenneyMyers on Twitter.

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