As a High school student, the tendency to want the freedom to do whatever you want is high, yet you find out that you often lack the funds to pay for it. You may then rely on your parents to provide the money. But your teenage years are a good time for you to earn your spending money and to learn money-management skills. Even after you go to college, summer jobs continue to provide important life-skills training. If you come from a wealthy home and money is not an issue for you, you can embark on elaborate journeys to find or foster your passion by volunteering in an NGO.
The whole idea is to get a glimpse of the world of work and prepare you as you can gain the following:
- You’ll develop your interview skills and learn business skills: The more jobs you apply for, the better you’ll get at interviewing. Learning how to come across well in an interview is a skill you’ll use forever. It helps with everything from getting into college to landing a full-time job when the time comes. Additionally, future employers look for experience on resumes, and summer jobs provide opportunities to expand basic work skills. No matter what type of summer job you get, you will be expected to be at work on time and to finish your assigned shift. As a young worker, you’d also learn how to listen for directions so you can carry out work tasks properly. Jobs often require workers to improve their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Summer jobs also help you learn how to handle constructive criticism.
- You’ll learn something about yourself: Did you take a job that wasn’t your first choice? You might discover a new skill or interest you never knew you had. Get offered the perfect job? Feel your self-esteem soar! Even if you don’t really love your job but need to save for a new car or college, you’ll learn that you can stick with something you don’t particularly like to reach a goal that’s important to you. And if nothing works out? You may decide to start your own business.
- Career Development: As a high school student, you may not know what career path you want to follow. By trying a variety of part-time jobs during high school, you will get an inside look into careers without investing a lot of money. For example, if you are considering a career in sales, working in a retail store teaches you valuable job skills and provides insight on how sales affect the company’s bottom line. You also gain experience working with a wide range of customers.
- Networking: Summer jobs provide a way for you to network with older, experienced business associates. It gives you the opportunity to learn how to develop positive relationships with a wide variety of personalities. A successful summer job may turn into a full-time job after you complete high school. Knowing someone who can help you find a job gives you an edge, especially in a tight job market.
- You’ll get better at coping with rejection: It’s unlikely you’ll get the first job you interview for. Rejection is a fact of life, and there’s no denying it can be hard to handle. The good news is, the more we face rejection and learn to deal with the feelings that go with it, the easier it becomes to get past the hurt and bounce back.
It is wise to make hay whiles the sun shines. The early bird catches the worm. Don’t use your high school season on just studying and hanging out with friends. Take the opportunity to gain experience in your young age and start to build your resume for the future.
By Emmaline Datey:
Speaker | Trainer | Mentor | Coach | Writer | Consultant in areas of Leadership – HR – Business – Motivation
Emmaline Datey is a leadership development specialist, life coach, and a people & culture strategist. She works in the fastest growing media company, EIB Network as Group HR &Admin Manager holding a certificate in HRM from Valley View University as well as a Professional Certificate in HR from Human Resource Certification Institute, USA.