6 Summer Jobs Appealing to Students

By Tamiera Vandegrift on March 22, 2017

With classes on hold and the summer to look forward to, students will start the hunt for a summer job! Though some students may want to take it easy and avoid working, others know that holding a summer job can offer a ton of benefits; for example, saving the cash that they earn will benefit students for the following semester when they need to spend money on textbooks and living expenses.

At the same time, holding a summer job will give students the ability to save money to pay off their student loan interest. There is no limit to the number of benefits holding a part-time job provides. Also, let’s face it: Netflix is going to get old eventually. Here are the types of summer jobs students are looking for.

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Freelance Writing

As a writer myself, I can personally attest to the benefits of pursuing a career in freelance writing. Even if students aren’t English majors, brushing up on communicative skills can hold a variety of benefits. Students need to learn how to communicate ideas effectively, and enter the real world with an understanding of grammar, vocabulary, and syntax.

Being a freelance writer allows students to develop their personal voice, while also developing their research skills.

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Camp Counseling

Students that love camping and working collaboratively with others will seek jobs in camp counseling or camp program coordinating. This job provides students the opportunity to brush up their leadership skills and to build a strong network with their supervisors and fellow coworkers. Student responsibilities typically include planning and organizing youth program events, supervising campers, and assisting supervisors with whatever needs to be done.

Students will look for opportunities that will give them the professional skills needed to continue their education as well as for programs that offer college credit.

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Students that enjoy being with kids will look into babysitting opportunities for their summer job. As a babysitter students keep an eye on kids (and perhaps pets!) while their parents are out and about. Being a babysitter can help students make good cash.

From my personal experience, parents typically pay anywhere from $9 to $13 per night, but depending on how well students know them and where they live, they could potentially make more! Babysitting teaches students how to manage emergencies and conflicts, while also helping them to get in touch with their creative and communicative sides.

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Odd Jobs

If clocking in and clocking out really is not their style, students will consider picking up odd jobs around the neighborhood. Students hope to make some serious bank by pet-sitting, pet-walking, doing lawn work, painting houses, and more. Students will try to market themselves towards odd jobs by putting up signs, using social media, and even directly contacting their neighbors to see if they need any of the services they can provide.

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Working in a restaurant or in the food industry can indeed be a hassle, but with the right team and the right establishment, students can definitely learn to love it! I worked at Zaxby’s for a few months and made some amazing friendships and bonds from the experience. There is no stronger bond than the bond of people working through the lunchtime rush. Besides the awesome friendship that students will be able to build, they look for the opportunity to earn tips! Tips can make an hourly wage so much sweeter. Often, waiting and hosting jobs have flexible schedules, which are perfect for students.

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Yes, students look for paid internship opportunities! What better way is there to earn money than to do something they love and are passionate about? While traditionally internships are unpaid, you can attract students with paid internships. The experience will be a fantastic addition to a student’s resume and prepare them for the real career world.

By Tamiera Vandegrift

Uloop Writer
Florida State University
Tamiera is an alumna of Florida State University, having earned a BA in Editing, Writing & Media and a BA in Digital Media Production. Tamiera is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter, inspired by the works of Lars von Trier, David Fincher, and Darren Aronofsky. Tamiera has previously written for the FSView and Florida Flambeau, College Magazine, and more. She has recently published a creative thesis containing short stories based on mental illnesses in the media. In the future, Tamiera aspires to win "Best Original Screenplay" or "Best Picture" at the Academy Awards with one of her film projects. Besides writing and storytelling, Tamiera enjoys cooking, traveling, spending time with friends, and geeking out over movie trivia.

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