I finished my exams the second week of April, so I was able to have a couple of weeks to recover from the stress of school before my summer job began, and start this blog. Finding a summer job can be such a difficult task. First of all there are so few jobs for students thats are related to their degree, and secondly there are tons of other students in the same position looking for the saem jobs.
I have been fortunate enough to have had the same summer job all through my undergrad, and I am starting back at it again tomorrow. I have been able to work as a Museum programmer at the New Brunswick Museum. AND lucky enough for me its a job that I love.
I get to study, do research, teach, run tours and programs, go on fields trips, and most importantly work with a great group of intelligent individuals. Not to mention it’s fantastic experience for my resume, being a history student!
While starting a summer job, or returning to one it is important to keep a few things in mind to maintain a successful working experience.
- Never be late. I have always been one of those people who hates being late for absolutely anything, a coffee date, picking up a friend, etc. But especially when it comes to a job it is so important, because A) it is more professional, and you want to be treated with that respect B) it is disrepnecfutl to your other employees who might be waiting on you for something
- Dress work appropriate. You are no longer in classes at school so depending on what you employment calls for, follow the regulations. If you have to wear a uniform that problem will not exist, but for those who need to dress business appropriate of business casual make sure you follow those regulations. If you dress inappropriately, your superiors and colleagues will lose respect for you, not to mention it will look unprofessional.
- Don’t gossip about fellow employees or management. This looks so petty and unprofessional when you start to gossip about a boss in public, plus you never know who knows your boss or other colleagues.
- Avoid complaining. Remember you are there to work, so if you do not like what you are doing there is not point in complaining about it. Especially that it will come off being extremely annoying and frustrating to your other colleagues.
- Save Money. Most likely you are working a summer job to save money for school necessities like tuition, books, or living. Obviously you are going to go out to lunch at point, buy coffee, and pick up a new book or shirt of your lunch break but try to keep that to a minimum if you can so that you will have a more successful outcome! I try to almost always pack my lunch, just making a salad or such. First of all, it will be healthier for you keeping track of what you are eating but it will save you $10.00 here and there. I also try to avoid going out during my lunch break, and try to stay in my works lunch room reading or such, because the moment I start wondering into shops it goes down hill from there.
I hope some of these tips will help you have a positive summer job experience! I am so lucky to have a job that I enjoy going back to summer after summer.