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Summer Jobs For Teens and College Students

Published: Monday 5th August 2019

The end of term-time might signal the start of party-time for some students, but, in reality, most are looking for summer jobs to finance living expenses or, if they’re lucky, a well-deserved holiday before going back to study in September! But, competition for summer jobs for college students can be high the longer you leave it, so you may need to be creative when it comes to earning some extra cash.

Three women working in a field of potatoes doing summer work

If you’re looking for seasonal work to tide you over the summer months, it’s a sensible idea to start looking as soon as possible or else you’ll be coming up against serious competition for any summer jobs that are left.

The good news is, there is quite a lot of seasonal work out there. 20% to 25% of companies hire additional workers during this period. There are also plenty of extra casual jobs if you’re prepared to look. Here are some ideas to help get you started.

Start your summer job search early

Silhouette of people having fun on a roller-coaster in a theme park at sunset in Summer.

Theme parks – Some theme parks only open during the summer months, meaning the companies that run them need to take on a lot of extra staff to meet demand. Furthermore, these can also be good places to pick up and hone skills that you can use later on in your career. Again, the earlier you begin your job search, the better your chances of securing a seasonal job.

Childcare – With children out of school for the summer holidays, opportunities for child-minding for working parents rises during the summer months. Additionally, many hotels and resorts are looking for babysitters and children entertainers to give holidaying parents a break too!

Girl and toddler playing together with a book lying on the floor with a colorful background

Hospitality – With the influx of tourists, one sector that sees a massive spike in jobs during the summer months is hospitality. People are staying in hotels and eating out more, especially in coastal towns and resorts. This means a huge need for hotel/waiting staff and bar personnel, as well as chefs and other catering jobs.

Dog walking/sitting – Summer means many more casual work opportunities for students. If you like dogs, for instance, you could advertise your services for walking them on a local noticeboard. Some people going away on holiday will even pay for you to stay in their homes and look after their dogs while they’re away.

Delivery work – People with driving skills are always in demand for making deliveries, whether for courier firms or takeaways. Jobs open up in the gig economy too, for companies such as Uber and Deliveroo. For the latter, you don’t even need to drive. However, you will need your own bike.

Courier taking out boxes from van, moving company service, relocation firm

Overseas opportunities – Of course, many students are attracted to the idea of working overseas during the summer, perhaps as an au pair or an English teacher. Just be sure to do your research and apply well in advance for these roles.

Produce picking – Many farms are looking for extra hands during the summer months to pick fruit and vegetables – some of these opportunities can be based overseas too.

It’s not all about the money

Whatever you choose to do during the summer months, remember that the benefits gained aren’t just financial. You could gain a lot of extra skills and experience that could be useful when you finish your studies and look for full-time permanent work.

To start your quest for summer work, begin with a job search at Zoek.

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