What Can I Learn From My Part-Time Summer Job?

Students Working Part-Time Summer Job Having a part-time summer job while in college is a great way to learn new skills, network and make some extra money. Whether you are waiting tables, working in retail or acting as a camp counselor, there are many different skills you can hone and develop.


The High-Pace, High-Reward Job: Restaurant & Bar Jobs

Another great college summer job is that of a bartender or server. Though working in the service field might not sound like the best time ever, there are actually a lot of great skills you can gain by working in the food and beverage service industry. Things like multitasking, memory skills and communication skills are all perfected when you are a bartender or server. Another great thing about jobs in this field is the pay. Though you won’t usually get paid more than minimum wage (if that) hourly, by being polite, social and attentive, you will ensure great tips and will likely end up doubling or even tripling what your hourly wage is.

The Ultimate Part-Time Summer Job: The Internship

One of the best part-time summer jobs for a college student is that of a paid internship. If you can find an internship that is paid, it will be like killing two birds with one stone because not only will you be making some extra money, but you will be able to add something extremely valuable to your resume – that of real work experience in the field of your choice. So whether you hope to work as a journalist, teacher or CEO, start looking for internships in your field of interest well before the semester is over because the paid ones usually fill fast.

The Great Outdoors & Children: Summer Camp

Do you like kids and enjoy being outside? How about applying for a camp counselor position? Working as a camp counselor is a great way to learn problem solving skills, responsibility and how to work in a group setting. As a counselor you will be in charge of several children at a time, having to meet their individual needs, make sure they (and yourself) are following camp guidelines, as well as attend meetings and schedule well thought-out and fun activities. You might think only someone who wants to be a teacher will benefit from a job such as this, but in reality it can be beneficial to anyone whether you are looking to get into business management, retail or even law.
What sort of part-time jobs do you look for or work at?

What sort of skills do you feel you have learned because of them? We would love to hear from you!

Sierra Martinez is a Marine Corps wife, mother of one and a writer. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors in Journalism and Mass Communications and a focus in Public Relations.