7 Summer Job Ideas For College Students

7 Summer Job Ideas For College Students
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    With spring break behind you and the end of the semester now within reasonable range, your thoughts may be turning to what you will be doing this summer.

    Hanging with friends. Trips to the beach. Making some money.


The first two plans will come easy, but the last one — making money — may prove challenging. Especially if you need to make serious money over the summer for your next school year. Times are tough, but there are summer jobs available — including a few that you can make for yourself.

1. Go back — Yes, the job you had in high school wasn’t necessarily your favorite place, but it was a familiar one. Plus, your boss likes you and would welcome your return. College students with a work track record may find that the retail, restaurant or customer service job that they shined at earlier can provide a job opening now and with full-time summer hours.

2. Off to camp — Camp counselors may not get rich, but if you need at least 10 solid weeks of work, you can usually get it. Not just “roughing it” camp either — if you are techie wiz, you may find work as a LEGO robotics instructor or computer networking teacher are jobs that can pay far more than what traditional camp counselors earn.

3. To the pool — College students that can swim and have passed their Red Cross certification may find that their talents are desperately needed. This gig can be especially fun if your colleagues are also your friends. Its a bonus if you absolutely love a certain lake or beach locale.

4. Cut the grass — Physical laborers can be hard to find and many homeowners would appreciate getting some relief during the summer. Market your availability and ask people to spread the word about your services. You will work hard, but you should clear at least $25 per lawn. With at least 10 cuts per week, you stand to have a few thousand dollars in your account as you return to school.

5. Wash cars — You keep your ride looking sharp and your neighbors have admired your work. Car detailing would can net you at least a $100 and with a job a day you will be matching your lawn cutting work option in pay.

6. To the roof — If you love working outside and you don’t mind heights, a roofing company might be willing to take you on for the summer. You must work fast, be able to lift heavy loads and be smart on your feet. Get with the right outfit and you will be busy all summer long.

7. Take that internship — For college students entering their senior year, having an internship under the belt is important. And this is where your network of family members and friends can help. Update your resume and spread the word that you’re looking for work. Align your job prospects with your career aspirations and take a job that will allow you to gain much needed experience. The pay may not be great, but the experience and potential opportunity for permanent work after college may be there.

Other Options

Besides the seven summer job ideas mentioned here, there are other choices available for you. Kid sitting, computer repairs, farm work, arcade help and concessions manager are among your options. Don’t expect a job to come to you — get yourself out there and relentlessly keep looking until you find something.



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