Earn while you learn
Whenever we think of a summer break we automatically think of
summer camps and various summer time activities for toddlers, younger children
and preteens. However there is a large group of adolescents and young adults,
who get a long summer break from their respective colleges and generally time
hangs heavy on their hands. They have outgrown these organized summer
activities that used to delight them earlier and thus are perpetually bored.
If we as parents can nudge them in the right direction then it will be
mutually beneficial to both.
Freelance Writer. Working as a freelance writer will teach you invaluable research and writing skills. You will learn how to write a concise copy, as well as how to construct your articles. The nice part about freelance writing is that one can take on as many or as few assignments as one chooses. Moreover, freelance writers don’t have to follow a set schedule. A number of newspapers and magazines offer this option to college students during the summer.
An alternate to freelance writing can be to set up ones own blog and to regularly contribute to it. It not only allows you to sharpen your writing skills but allows the free expression of ideas.
Internship: Most internships are unpaid, but some offer trifling compensation – and I do mean trifling — for hours spent on the job. However, interning is about more than money, right? Why, interning at a company is a sure way to have an “in” when you later apply at that company as a college graduate, correct?
Indeed, having an impressive-sounding internship on your resume will put you heads and shoulders above other applicants when you apply at the entry-level. Not only will an internship show your drive, it will also show that you have the experience, knowledge, and unlimited capacity for self-effacement that other graduates lack. A college education is crucial, but some employers want more.
Many advertising and design firms offer internships to undergraduates. The work is challenging, creative and fun.
Market researcher: Surveys are the new ‘mantra’ for corporate houses. However most large corporate houses don’t like to conduct these surveys in-house, thus they outsource it to companies who specialize in such market surveys. These market research companies employ undergraduates during the summer months to cope with their backlog.
These companies pay well and as most surveys are conducted on line nowadays, one doesn’t even have to leave the comfort of ones home.
Volunteer: Come Summer and summer camps for children mushroom all over the city. You can become a volunteer at one of these camps. Not only will you be paid well but you can also spend your summer reliving your childhood with fun activities.Being around children brings your creativity and responsibility skills to the fore too.
Whether you want to be a teacher, a physical therapist, or a doctor, having experience with children is an enticing skill to put on your resume, and it will allow you to interact one-on-one with kids in a relaxed and fun setting.
Entrepreneur: If you are having trouble finding work or just want to launch your own paid pastime, summer is the time to do it. This is the time to make use of all that you have learnt at all the craft classes that your mum sent you when you were younger.
Make colourful envelopes, greeting cards, various knick-knacks and ask your mum to market them at her ‘menij’ or amongst her various friend circles. If the articles are attractive and reasonably priced, most people are willing to oblige.