As you consider summer employment, you may want to look for seasonal opportunities. Working for an organization that does a large part of its business during a specific time of year can be especially suitable for college students. Here's why.
1. Work during school breaks.
If you carry a heavy course load or need to dedicate a lot of time to your academics to maintain a specific GPA, it may be difficult to fit in a part-time job during the school year. Seasonal employment, however, is often at its peak during the holidays or the summer, fitting nicely into the slots between academic terms. You may even consider a combination, such as working retail over the winter break and working at a resort in the summer.
2. Work over several years.
Once you've worked your first season, and especially if you performed well, you can often count on returning to the same place in future seasons. As a bonus, because you have experience, you may find yourself earning more and taking on more responsibility supervising newer workers.
3. Fill gaps in your regular employment.
If you work on campus or for a local establishment that relies on student or faculty patronage through the school year, seasonal work can provide extra hours and cash when that job slows down.
4. Try on your future career.
Many seasonal jobs can be tied to career goals and provide a good opportunity to experience work in your chosen field. Farm and landscaping work abounds for students interested in agriculture or horticulture. Conservation students may be able to find work at a fishing lodge or forestry station. Education majors are in demand as counselors for summer camps. Resorts often look for summer staff to work with the public.
5. Maximize your available time.
Because certain seasonal and recreational establishments do not need to pay overtime to workers, you may be able to work much more than 40 hours a week. Besides accumulating more cash, you may find that you spend less because of your location or work hours.
6. Live inexpensively.
Depending on the work and location, seasonal employers may provide housing at reduced or no charge for workers. If you normally live on campus or are able to sublet your off-campus housing, this means you can earn money throughout the season without a large housing expense.
7. Find new peers.
The appeal of your seasonal work will draw other students, perhaps from other states or regions, who share your values and goals. This is your chance to develop a network of peers who are interested in the same things you are.