Looking for the best summer jobs for college students to help you earn money while at university? Here are our top suggestions!
Summer is here. It’s time to rest, invigorate, relax and unwind. If used wisely and strategically, summer is also the perfect time to invest in your resume by using your summer job as the first step on your career ladder. If you can find an internship opportunity in your field, you will be at an advantage in the workplace upon completion of your degree, and for those that don’t there are many other opportunities out there for you.
Here is everything you need to know to land your perfect college job of the summer.
Which Summer Job Is Right for You
As students on professional degree paths, you are already at an advantage in the workplace. You are educated, intelligent, motivated, career-minded, competent, passionate and professional. Take the time to contemplate your strengths, weaknesses and long-term career goals and think strategically about how you can utilize these positive attributes to gain an advantage in the job market. You need to look at yourself objectively or perhaps ask your friends and family for their opinions. To help find your skills the best describe you, try asking yourself these questions:
- Do you prefer to work in teams or solo?
- Do you like to write, calculate or create?
- How would your friends describe you?
Take the time to prepare your CV, write your personal profile and prepare answers to common interview questions eg what are your strengths and weaknesses. According to 2017 Recruiter National Report by Jobvite, conversation skills, knowledge of the industry and enthusiasm were the most important factors for recruiters in making a hiring decision.
You then need to decide on your career goal. If you succeed in gaining a summer employment opportunity in a company that will give you experience on your resume or where you can learn about a particular specialism, you will be a cut above the rest when seeking permanent employment when you finish your degree.
Find a Way to Make It Work
Your work opportunities may be location-dependent and some of you may have more available hours, fewer life commitments and therefore more employment opportunities than others. But wherever you are and whatever your financial situation, you can find a way to make it work for you.
Try to choose jobs that give you experience in your field. Even if that on field experience is voluntary or low paid you can try to take a paid job on the side to help cover your living costs. Alternatively, you may want to take a full-time day job to earn money and do some remote freelance work (paid or voluntary) in your specialist field in the evenings.
Part time summer jobs for college students can be found in the service, caregiving, animal care, retail, and tourism industries. This is a great way to earn extra money and still have flexibility by working in shifts of your choice.
Indeed.com/worldwide, Monster.com, Craigslist.com are great places to start as they advertise jobs internationally. Join relevant summer job or internship groups on Facebook to apply or advertise your services. Tell people what you are looking for to get the word around. This is a great way to find opportunities that may not be advertised.
For non field related work with flexible hours and seasonal jobs for college students search for:
- Hostess Bartender
- Home Helper
- Helping families with children
- Dog walking
- Pet Sitter
- Shop assistant
- Window Cleaning
- Hotel Receptionist
- Pool worker/lifeguard, waitressing, room cleaning
Out of the Box Jobs
Be creative. Think about what other skills you may have, and what you can make, or create to earn money from them. If you are good at DIY, you could offer your services to assemble furniture or do house repairs. You can also offer painting, gardening and house and car cleaning. Another option is to offer private tutoring services to adults and children. Perhaps you can teach a language, Mathematics, Literature or Science.
These “out of the box jobs” will pay more per hour but you will not be working every hour, as you would in the tourism, retail and service industries. You will need to weigh up how many available hours you have per week and what your preferences are.
Business Administration & Computer Science Students
There are opportunities for UoPeople students. For those in business administration and computer science you can work in hi-tech, social media/community management, customer service, web design and marketing. To find your summer role try LinkedIn, Facebook, Monster.com, Indeed.com, Glassdoor.com and depending on your location, Gumtree.com.
Other options include: writing, blogging, design, data entry, customer service, online phone sales, web design, web development, programming, graphic design, virtual assistance and social media. For these try PeoplePerHour, Upwork.com and Fiverr.com.
Education & Health Science Students
There are a variety of opportunities in the helping professions eg childcare, working with young adults, special needs children and the elderly. If you excel at a particular skill eg art, music, or a language, a great way to earn some extra money during the summer is for you to teach it.
It may seem daunting at first, but once you have taught your subject a few times, it will be second nature. Elderly people often need assistance with shopping, cleaning, cooking or personal care and some of them simply need the companionship.
Here are some options to consider:
- Summer Camp Counsellor
- Private tutoring in a subject of your choice
- Helping children with special needs
- Helping people to improve their computer skills and use your computer skill to help fill the age technology gap
- Carer for an elderly person
Summer Internships for College Students
There are several sites that provide comprehensive information on international internships and connect you with the internship of your choice.
To choose the internship that is perfect for you Vault has researched and gained student reviews on thousands of internships and provides information on some of the most prestigious internships. The top 5 internships listed in their survey are: Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft and Goldman Sachs.
5 Top Tips on Writing a CV
Once you identify the job and the company, now you need a CV to get you in.
Write A Personal Profile:
- In which you sum up in one to two sentences your background, strengths and specify the job that you are seeking
Adapt Your CV:
- To the role making sure that you have read and understood the job description. Take key skills listed in the internship or job description and put them in your CV.
Use Active Verbs:
- When describing your achievements (eg. I delivered, I designed, and focus on the numbers. What % or actual impact did you make?)
Presentation is Key:
- Use appropriate fonts, headings and bullet points to make it concise and easy to read. No small fonts and only 2 pages!
- Check for grammatical and spelling errors.
Look to the future: Network & Nurture Relationships
Take the time and effort to keep in touch with your colleagues upon completion of your internship or summer job. These relationships may lead to future employment opportunities.
- Get to know new people and stay in touch with them.
- Keep in touch with colleagues on Facebook and LinkedIn and reach out to them throughout the year to say hello.
Start Your Real Job Search Today
Join Facebook groups, talk to friends and family. Many positions don’t get advertised and are filled with connections of current employees. If you don’t network, you will miss out on all these opportunities. According to a 2017 Recruiter National Report by Jobvite, 41% of positions are filled by Employee Referrals.
If your summer job or internship is a place that you would like to work when you finish your degree, do everything possible to impress. Be polite at all times, behave and dress professionally, meet all the deadlines and last but not least, always treat it like a real job, and try to get a reference when you finish.
In the workplace, one opportunity can lead to another and you never know where this job can take you if the company are impressed by you.
Your summer job or internship is not just a means to earning money over the summer. It is your perfect opportunity to gain valuable real-world experience in your profession, to impress a potential employer and to build relationships and network which will help you to get your first career opportunity after your degree.
So, go out there and get that summer job or summer internship. You never know where it will take you and the sky is the limit!