Summer break is just around the corner and with the break from the traditional school schedule, you might want to consider spending your summer working. Colleges are looking to see that you have spent your summer in a productive manner and there are many ways to demonstrate that. As you consider what to do with your summer, here are some things to consider.
Why should you have a job? Yes, the regular paycheck is a big incentive. If you are responsible for a portion of your college costs or just your own spending money, the earning opportunity can be an asset on its own. If you are working in a traditional teen position in retail, service jobs, or as a camp counselor, you can learn a lot about both leading and following others, independence, and initiative. You may find that you have a great boss and co-workers, or you might find the opposite.
Can you explore a career interest? If you are an aspiring lawyer or potential politician, look to people you know in the field to find a related summer experience. Your first opportunity might not be a paid one, but the experience can help you focus your career and lead to more responsibility down the road. Some careers, particularly veterinary medicine, architecture and others, specifically look for students who have demonstrated background in the area prior to entering their degree program.
As you plan your summer of hard work and earned relaxation, think about the lessons you’re learning. In addition to a paycheck, an interesting experience or new insight into a potential career, you might also have the basis of one of your essays.