From camp counselor to coolest babysitter ever, here are 8 ways you can still have fun this summer (and get paid for it).
By Guest Blogger Charmaine Ng I UNIVERSITY OF OREGON:Ambitious and talented, honest and human, this tri-lingual social media strategist and curator is also a published author. Harbors a secret desire to one day have a multi-hyphenated title.
So okay. You’re getting tired of hearing about the cool things your friends are doing this summer while your days seem to be filled with a whole lot of nothing. Well, summer may be half over, but it’s not too late to take advantage of the weeks you have left. Here are eight ways to have some summer fun – and get paid for it.
1. Lead the way into the woods as a camp counselor. Disconnect yourself from your phone, and jump into the outdoors with kids! Sure, there’s a lot of potential for stress, but think of it as a mini vacation – with pay.
2. Lounge by the pool as a lifeguard. Well, you won’t really be lounging all the time. There’s real work involved. But hey, you’ll have an amazing tan!
3. Live in crowds of retail. This time of year lots of department stores and other retailers are hiring part-timers for the back-to-school rush. You’ll work hard for the money, but if you’ve got stamina and people skills, this is a job made for you. (The benefits aren’t bad either: 40% employee discount, anyone? Killer red heels, here I come.)
4. Paint. Yes, paint. Houses, fences, window trim – many homeowners like to get these chores done this time of year, before another fall and winter set in. This job won’t juice up your intellect, but there’s a certain satisfaction in the exacting nature of the work. (You might even make some new friends while you wait for the paint dry.)
5. Become the coolest babysitter ever. If you’re looking into a career involving young children, this can be a great way to test your interest in a real-world – a very real-world – situation. Plus, you get to make some young and probably over-worked parents very, very happy.
6. Give back to your community. Homeless shelters and nursing homes always need more hands. Sometimes these jobs pay, sometimes they don’t. But the chance to tap into your altruistic side and nurture others in your community can be more than enough reward.
7. Exercise your brain muscles as a tutor. Ah, those poor kids who are consigned to summer school! Help those little suckers out by sharing your knowledge and experience – at an hourly wage that you will most likely get to negotiate.
8. Get that smile on and wait tables. It’s tough work, but if you’re a people person, the conversations and lively surroundings can make the job fun. The tips aren’t half bad, either!
You can take away something from every summer job, so don’t waste away these precious months. Get yourself out there!
Last note: Speaking of jobs, Keith has written a 3-part series on collegiate entrepreneurship. In it, young business owners share where their big ideas came from – and why they love what they do. Catch up by reading Part 1 and Part 2.
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