You’re a teenager, you’re in school and the carrot of summer vacation is heavily hanging over your head. In a short time you’ll be granted a three-month reprieve from school, so how should best to spend that time? You could spend it slouching in front of your preferred monitor or you can go experience the world. At this time in your life, you’re being presented with a rare opportunity, the ability to get involved in something with no risk or consequence, after all, at the end of three months you’re going back to school. So take a risk, see a side of life you’re not used to. You could try…
Working at a Theme Park
My local theme park is Lagoon and many a teenager around these parts has spent their adolescence operating rides, handing out game prizes, and selling pretzels. Working a theme park is a rite of passage as memorialized in Adventureland and spending your evenings among the lights and sounds of theme park rides and happy patrons will assuredly create experiences you’ll value into the future. If working a theme park isn’t your cup of tea, maybe you’d consider working as…
A summer job is really about the experiences you’ll have and the friends you’ll make, but it’s also about learning responsibility and focus. A term as a lifeguard fulfills all of these criteria. You’ll learn valuable skills like CPR or first responder training and you’ll be outside in the sun, with other kids. It’s the best of both worlds, and it will give you experience that could realistically help you in the future, not just in a real world emergency scenario but roles that require responsibility and focus look good on an application.
Maybe being a lifeguard looks a little tame to you, sitting in that chair, observing. You want to get in the mix, have real interactions, and make an impact. Maybe you’d enjoy a stint as a…
Being a camp counselor has a couple of big things going for it. Not only does it provide the one on one interaction you’re looking for, but it also allows you to choose a focus. Do you like baseball, or math, or space? Choose the camp that’s most interesting to you and you’ll have the best time, you’ll also be the best counselor if the focus is something about which you’re passionate. Not to mention that the leadership skills and specific focus will be good experience in the future.
All of the above options will provide you with a summer income and valuable life experience, but sometimes experience is worth more than money. I hear you all scoffing but hear me out. If your goal is not to get a few bucks for the weekends but is instead purely experience oriented, an internship may be right for you. While you’re not expected to know exactly what you want to do with your life, choosing an internship may help you decide or teach you something valuable. Remember, at the end of it all, you’re going back to school, no consequences, so take a risk, do something crazy and exciting this summer.