Summer is right around the corner. Many college students are starting to pull together their summer plans, which may include getting a part-time job, seasonal work or an internship.
This is a great opportunity for college students to earn some extra money and add to their resume.
Where Are They?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the top 5 industries that attracted seasonal workers in the summer of 2009 between the ages of sixteen to twenty-four were:
- Leisure and Hospitality
- Retail trade
- Education and Health Services
- Professional and Business Services
However, the current state of the economy may affect college students who are looking to get the same jobs that they did last year. While the national unemployment rate is staying steady at 9.7%, some of these sectors are recovering slower:
- Leisure and Hospitality – 12.5% unemployment rate
- Retail trade – 10.1% unemployment rate
- Professional and Business Services – 12.4% unemployment rate
There are alternatives for college students who can’t find hospitality, retail or office jobs. In March 2010, job growth continued in the temporary help services and healthcare industry. The federal government is also continuously looking for educated college students to fulfill internships. For college students who are taking some classes during the summer, government positions are ideal because they can create flexible schedules.
A summer job can give a college student “hands-on” training for a future career. When evaluating your summer job or internship, ask yourself these questions:
- Does this job interest me?
- What’s the hourly wage?
- How many hours per week? Is there any flexibility?
- What’s the level of responsibility?
- Is this going to interfere with taking summer classes?
- Could this help me learn valuable career skills?
- Will this help me build contacts for my future career?
- Could this summer job turn into a recurring, part-time/full-time job?
Is This Job BENEFICIAL?
Make sure you understand your short-term and long-term goals. If you’re just looking some extra money, you’ll choose your job based on salary. However, make sure that there’s a long-term goal, such as valuable job experience or gaining business contacts.
Being short-sighted can hurt you if you graduate and don’t have any experience in your chosen field. Sometimes it’s worth taking a low-paying summer job or unpaid internship if it’s going to lead to bigger and better opportunities. Just make sure that your financial circumstance will allow you to take the job.