Maybe you’re stepping into a common summer job, camp counselor position, or your first ever internship. Whatever your summer job may be, you want to get the most out of it to continue to build your experience and understanding. There’s a lot of ways to make the most of your summer job, but here are a few tips and tricks to consider.
Practice the art of saving money and budgeting
It’s likely you’ll be making some money from your summer job. It may be a lot or a little, but the summer can be a great time to practice what it looks like to set aside money for different purposes and map out a budget. There are plenty of resources you can find online to help you get started.
Treat it like an interview
Especially for those of you in an internship, treat the opportunity like an interview. Employers will be watching to see how you interact with others and how well you are able to execute certain tasks. This is a great chance to show your potential and the skills you already have. Always come with a good attitude and be willing to adapt to whatever the job may throw your way.
Your summer job is a great place to start networking. Whatever company you’re working for, find ways to connect with various people within the company and give yourself more opportunities. You may meet someone who has a random connection somewhere outside of the company that interests you and could help launch you into the next thing. Don’t be afraid to strike up conversations and connect.
Think about Transferable skills
You may not have the ideal summer job or one that has anything to do with your future studies, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a lot out of the opportunity. Think about the day-to-day skills you use such as communication, customer service, adaptability, or whatever else it may be. These are great skills to have that you should include in your résumé as results of your work.
write a blog
Some of you may find value in documenting your experiences or writing about different things you’re learning or interested in within your field. You may not be a writer, but learning and gaining skills in writing can be incredibly beneficial. Consider taking the time to write your experiences to share with others.
Whatever you do this summer, make the most of it. Whether it’s a minimum wage summer job or big city internship, there are skills and valuable experiences you can take from your job. Consider how you can make the most of your time, and enjoy every moment of summer.