Tips on Taking Summer Jobs While in College

Many college students search some kind of gainful employment during summer.  For those who have tried summer employment before, it is not such a big source of stress.  If one knows that he or she is going to work for a former employer, then there is not much to worry about.

But if one plans to move on to something new this coming summer, then that needs to be planned ahead, especially if the plan is to work in a different city or state.  In this case, arrangements for living accommodations must be arranged as well.

Have a general idea of the summer job plans as early as six months ahead.  The earlier you decide, the opportunities will be available.   As early as winter or the semester before this present one, many summer internship application forms are already being given out.  You will have plenty of time to fill out the necessary forms.

It would be also good to stop by your school’s career center or employment counseling office to get information about summer opportunities.  You may also try to scan the bulletin boards for internship guides.  Older students are also a great resource.  Try to get recommendations from other students who had good experiences with summer job employers.  You may also try to scan the bulletin boards for internship guides.  Older students are also a great resource.  Try to get recommendations from other students who had good experiences with summer job employers.  Don’t forget to ask about the contact person of the recommended company.

One would normally have three summers during college, so don’t hesitate to be creative.  If you’ve always wanted to work for the government in a certain city of state, do not hesitate to contact your town’s representative or even senator if possible.  If you want to live it up in the top business state, go find opportunities for internships there.  If you would like to work in the film or media industry, write to some production companies or surf the web for opportunities.  They might just need extra personnel there.  It is best to take in a job or internship in a field that is related to your college course.  It must also suit your interests.  This way, you get first hand experience of the real deal or the practical side of the career path that you are planning to take.

Whatever you do, the secret is careful planning ahead.  Otherwise, come final exams period, the relief of finishing your semestral requirements may become tainted by the uncertainty of your summer employment.

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