Summer Job Ideas for College Students

Summer Job Ideas for College Students
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    Summer will be here before you know it and with it comes a lot more free time than you have seen in nearly nine months.

    Summer is a great time to unwind, catch up with friends and to consider your future.


But that time can also be used to earn some money, what you will need when you return to school in the fall.

We have already looked at what it takes to win a summer internship. For students simply looking to earn some cash, there are other possibilities out there.

1. Head back to your previous employer. While you were in high school, you may have held a part-time job that you enjoyed. Your previous experience with the company gives you an advantage, allowing you to quickly slip back into a position that you are already familiar with. Contact that employer right now to find out if a position is open and can be held for you.

2. Become a nanny or a manny. If you like kids or have at least learned how to tolerate your younger siblings, working as a nanny (manny for men) can be the way to go. Two-income parents are often at a loss each summer, wondering how best to keep kids entertained and not necessarily wanting to enroll them in summer camps week after week. Not all positions are full time as parents may scale back for the summer too.

3. Choose hospitality, what can bring in the money. If you like people, then you are already a candidate for the hospitality industry, what covers car services, transportation, food service, hotels and more. And summer can be especially taxing for the industry, especially in areas where vacationers swell local populations and outstrip the number of available workers. Head to the beach or to the lake or wherever vacationers flock and put in your applications today. Share a room with some friends to keep your expenses down.

4. Pursue a customer service position. Like the hospitality industry, the customer service industry may be hard pressed during the summer months to find staff. Many workers are mothers who want extra time off during the summer to spend with their children, opening up hours for other workers who may not be able to keep up. This is where you come in, offering your patient and professional phone mannerisms in a bid to serve their customers.

5. Start a business. Who says that you have to work for someone else? You may have a ready-made business idea, just waiting for a bit of entrepreneurial spark to make it a reality. That business could be local — serving your community by pet sitting, dog walking, cleaning out garages or what have you. It might also be something you can take back to college, such as freelance writing, web development or something else you can do anywhere in the world.

Summer Dreams

Quite naturally, you want to enjoy some down time this summer. But you need to work. Happily, you can do both by making use of your days off to meet up with friends, go to the beach and travel.


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