With the school year over, now is the perfect time to get your high school or college kids to get their first jobs. Instead of wasting two months on playing video games, hanging out with friends, or loafing around, you can get your teen to be more productive.
For a student, there are myriad benefits to getting a summer job that extend beyond the two months of employment. First of these is the experience of what it is to actually work for compensation, an experience that may help the high school student decide what course to take in college, or aid the college student decide between a nine-to-five job or life as an entrepreneur later on. A second benefit is gaining new friends and learning to work with other people of a different age and with different backgrounds and interests. Third, the student earns some money, which is a good opportunity to get him or her on the road to savings.
Once your kid decides to take a summer job, you begin an exciting journey of discovery and learning with the added reward of being able to earn.
Here are some tips on how to find a summer job:
Start online. All job sites carry announcements about part-time jobs, and this is a goldmine of openings worth checking out. The good thing about online job sites is that you can choose a possible job easily based on location and your interest. It also gives you the convenience of being able to submit multiple applications online.
Visit job fairs. Since your kid will most likely want to visit malls this summer anytime, it’s a good time to visit job fairs being organized by various organizations. These job fairs are typically organized during the summer break to coincide with the end of the school year, when thousands of fresh graduates begin their search for their first jobs. This is also a good opportunity for your kid to experience what job hunting is all about.
Look for community bulletin boards and newsletters. Your neighborhood is a good starting point for a job hunt. You will usually find bulletin boards advertising possible job opportunities in subdivision gates or clubhouses, community centers and other community common areas. Even barangay halls typically carry these announcements. Of course, you can also spend lazy afternoons exploring the neighborhood to find advertisements for job openings such as additional helping hands in stores or small businesses.
Ask your school for recommendations. Your child’s own school is another good source of part-time work opportunities, as schools often receive many of these notices from employers. You may also discover that there are part-time jobs in the school itself, usually as teaching assistants or research assistants of professors or graduate students working on their thesis requirements. Check with individual professors if they need teaching assistants, usually to help out in classes requiring laboratory work.
How about On the Job training? Many companies offer internship opportunities, and summer is a great time to try out one of these. In fact, you don’t really need to wait for the school year to start for internship with companies whose operations may interest your child. You can learn about internship opportunities through the school. Also ask school organizations who may have information on the internship opportunities out there.
Don’t forget your friends. Your own networks could also offer great summer job opportunities, so ask your family and friends if they have any of these available. Maybe an aunt who runs a small business may need someone to do her website or manage her office social media account, while another relative may need someone to help manage her store or restaurant. Reach out to discover what the possibilities are out there.
Turn hobbies and interest into sources of income. This may be a good time for your child to try becoming an entrepreneur. Think of what services he or she would like to offer this summer – tutoring kids, babysitting, walking dogs, doing websites, etc.—and let the world know about this. Use social media networks to let people know what are on offer. Make ads and post them on the community bulletin board. Make flyers and distribute these around the neighborhood.
Have a fun and productive summer break!
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