For most college students, summer is that time of the year where they can finally unwind from the stress that plagued them during finals week. However, you might not get to relax at all in the summertime, especially if you’re the one who’s paying your tuition at the university where you’re currently enrolled. In this tough economy though, you can’t afford anymore to take a vacation and hope that money would rain down on you. Thus, you should start looking for a summer job. But which summer jobs are right for college students like you? Here are some options for you to consider:
1.) Summer camp counselor
When you were a kid, you might have spent some time in a summer camp where you got to experience the great outdoors with friends. A counselor facilitated all the activities inside summer camp that you did back then, and now that you aren’t a kid anymore, you can become a summer camp counselor yourself.
As a summer camp counselor, you’ll get to oversee kids attending summer camp and make sure that they’re having fun just like you did back then. You’re also in charge of all campers’ safety, and you’ll get to instruct them on how to do some basic outdoor camping activities such as pitching tents, setting up a campfire, and much more.
2.) Customer service representative
The summer months usually mean a huge volume of orders for some businesses. Unfortunately, that means they might not be able to process some orders even with every full-time employee in their customer service department working double-time. Because of this, they open temporary customer service representative positions to college students like you who’d like to experience a taste of the corporate life.
As a seasonal customer service representative, you’re expected by the employer that hired you to have an extraordinary amount of patience and a calm demeanor over the phone. After all, there’s no telling when you’ll have to deal with an angry customer on the other end of the line during your three months of part-time employment.
Becoming a seasonal customer service representative also exposes you early on to the realities of the customer service industry which is more than just answering phones and talking to customers.
3.) Home-based content writer
If you’re passionate about writing that your professors are giving you consistently high marks on your essays and research papers, you can turn that passion into profit by applying for a home-based content writer job this summer.
As a home-based content writer, your employer would expect you to write high-quality articles that people would read from top to bottom. The best thing about being a home-based content writer is that you can work any time you’d like and still make money along the way. You won’t get confined inside the four walls of an office and burn out after spending eight hours each day on a fixed schedule. You can’t afford to get stressed once the fall semester kicks in.
4.) ESL teacher
English might be the universal language, but it doesn’t mean that everyone knows how to speak or write in this language. Especially as some people might be living in countries that don’t consider it as their mother tongue. Because of this they enroll themselves in English classes where ESL – or English as a Second Language – teachers guide them on how to use the language in conversation and during job-related situations.
If you’re considering a career in teaching after graduating from college, you can apply for an ESL teaching job this summer. Some institutions looking for ESL teachers would only require you to have a fast Internet connection so you can easily communicate with your students from halfway across the world, making your temporary employment home-based. Other institutions though would ask you to work as an ESL teacher in another country, so you should get yourself some essential travel documents like a visa and passport first if you want to travel abroad for work during the summertime.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 5,000 to 6,000 teenagers aged 16 to 19 had summer jobs last 2016. Some of those teenagers are college students who have decided that doing something during summer is better than doing nothing at all. A summer job lets you earn money that you can’t get by just sitting around and depending on your parents to pay your university tuition for you. But with so many summer job options available at your disposal, you might have a difficult time choosing the right one for you. The above-listed summer jobs for college students like you should help make landing one easier. Good luck as you embark on your new summer job!
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