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5 Summer Jobs for College Students

by KC Beavers

Summertime is the perfect time for college students to use the sudden abundance of free time to pad the college fund a bit, or, perhaps more realistically, to earn a little party money. Summer jobs for college students offer a wonderful opportunity to gain critical work experience to add to their resume or experience a taste of blue collar work prior to becoming a master of the universe. Keep reading to find out 5 summer jobs that can help you pay down those student loans a bit quicker or put a few more ramen noodles in your belly come Fall.

Freelance Writing

The ability to write, more specifically the ability to write well, is a skill that translates well to almost any vocation. In the social media-ridden world we inhabit the art of writing has been usurped by shorthand and acronyms crammed into 140 characters or less. In the real world, however, the ability to text mindless dribble at a blistering pace is less valuable then the ability to communicate via written word both clearly and eloquently. Freelance writing also teaches valuable research skills and lets you explore a number of topics you otherwise might ignore.

Internships

Ok, so maybe internships aren’t going to keep your mini-fridge stocked with brewskis all semester, since most are inexplicably unpaid, but they will do wonders in helping you land a decent job after graduation. If you browsed the Craigslist job listings recently you’ll notice that every job, even unskilled labor, requires some level of experience. Without experience you will soon find yourself facing the all too common catch-22 most college graduates face which is that you need experience to get a job, but you need a job to get experience. Internships offer relevant experience that looks super sexy on a resume, and many times can lead directly to a job at the institution you intern at.

Landscaping

Here’s an easy to land job that will let you work on that golden tan and keep you in shape for the ladies. It might not be the highest paying gig, and it’s not going blow future employers away, but it’s a great way to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and fresh air before heading back to campus to spend long hours in a stuffy dorm room studying. Plus, you can learn a lot of things from a summer spent sweating through hours of manual labor, like the value of a hard days work, and how important that degree is so that you don’t have to spend your entire life mowing lawns and trimming hedges.

Customer Service Representative

College will teach you the hard skills you’ll need to pursue your career of choice, but many college grads leave the comfort of campus without developing the soft skills needed to make it in the workplace. No matter what field you find yourself in, you’re going to have to work with others. Working in customer service lets you develop those social and interpersonal skills while getting paid! Once you’ve spent a summer solving problems for angry customers you’ll be ready for the dog-eat-dog world of office politics. Not to mention, in a service based economy, such as the U.S., the ability to deal with the public is a major bonus.

Entrepreneurship

If you’ve always had a business idea bouncing around in your head, or if it’s already the middle of July and you still haven’t found a summer job, start your own business venture. Mow lawns, walk dogs, or babysit the neighborhood kids. Take the initiative and make something happen! This, more than anything, will look stupendous on a college graduates resume because it shows a desire to work and a self-starting attitude that is severely lacking in many Millennials. The biggest perk of course is being your own boss. You’ll have plenty of time to let someone boss you around once you graduate. Take the summer to experience the bliss that is answering to no one. You may find that you really like it!
There you have it, 5 summer jobs for college students that will keep you out of trouble, pad your conspicuously bare resume and put a little cash in your pocket. Don’t forget to manage that money once you have it with the best financial management tool around.

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