If the “I’m bored” whine your teen emits every so often during the summer has you on edge, encourage the youngster to take on a summer job. While there are always some tasks that a teenager can do for friends and family members, the best summer jobs provide work experience and look great on the college application or a first real job application.
Granted, horticulture sounds like a fancy word for landscaping, but when you look at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, you will notice that these summer positions are much more involved. Teens do learn about basic gardening, but they must conduct themselves as responsible employees who fill out time cards and take direction from supervisors. In addition, the produced fruits and veggies are sold, which adds business skills to the teen’s repertoire. Last but not least, sales presentations and customer service also make it into the mix. If you do not live in Minnesota, check with your local arboretum, community garden and university horticultural program for summer jobs.
This is a great opportunity for the teenager who wants to pursue careers that involve working with children or put them in a situation where they are directly assisting the public. The City of Durham has listed various summer job positions. For summer lifeguards, these positions pay $8.40 an hour and are run through the parks and recreation department. Check with the parks and recreations department of your city for more information on similar jobs. By the way, do not forget to also check with the local YMCA. If you are a strong swimmer and have been certified through a lifeguard training program, this is a good opportunity to earn money.
Youngsters are out of school, but mom and dad still have to work. What is a parent to do? Hire a nanny! A great job opportunity for the teen who is considering a career in preschool education or in other early learning environments, discuss hours, pay and duties with a potential employer. Usually, you can find these positions within your circle of acquaintances. To ensure that you can list this is a bona fide nanny position on your college application, incorporate a written job description and duty roster, which elevates the summer job from a babysitting position to a true nanny experience.
It can feel like these businesses are taking advantage of your available time and willingness to get your hands dirty. On the other side of the equation, consider that you get some solid niche industry experience and can put an actual internship on your college application. Use the Labor Department’s Summer Jobs+ Bank search engine to find positions in your area that fall into a field that is of interest.