The Quest for a Meaningful Summer Job

It’s the end of the semester, and you know what that means: You can sell back your textbooks! You can catch up on Gray’s! You can sleep in until noon! Oh yeah, and you can dig out your coffee shop uniforms, your retail name tags, and your non-slip serving shoes as you return to your old part-time job for the sixth year in a row. It seemed like such a great idea as a freshman in college to have a way to earn money on your weekends and breaks, but now that you’re a year away from earning your degree, cashing and serving just doesn’t do it for you. Perhaps it’s time to turn in those aprons for a job that gives you experience in your field, and more importantly, truly means something to you. Where do you find a job like that?

Here are some resources you can use to find that great summer job:

People to Talk To: 

College Professors: Despite what you may think, professors are usually very busy over their summer vacations teaching other classes, conducting research, or working on publications. Talk to your professors about summer jobs. They might have a colleague or friend who is looking for some assistance on a project.

Alumni: Colleges and universities often keep careful track of their alumni including where they’re currently located, what they’re currently doing, and how to contact them. Find a few graduates in your area five to ten years older than you, and send them a quick email. They’ve been out in the “real world” for a while now and may know of a business that could use you for the summer.

Places to Go:

Career Development Office: Most colleges have a career center designed to assist students with things from choosing a major to finding a job. If your career councilor doesn’t know where you could spend your summer, they would have the best advice on where to look next.

Spreading the Word: 

Social Media: The more people who know you’re looking for something besides the donut shop this summer, the more likely you are to find someone who can help you out. By Facebook and Twittering your desire for a particular job, the audience hearing your message travels far beyond your two best friends and family. Let the world know you’re looking for something more.

Your Classmates: Send an email out to everyone in your major . Chances are, some of your classmates already have their foot in the door and wouldn’t mind helping someone else spend their summer gaining the same experience.

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