1. Get ready for college. If you’re leaving for college in the fall, summer may not be a time for you to put your feet up and relax. You may want to get a job to have money for books, supplies and entertainment (sports, school events, parties). Use your time during the summer to make sure all of your school paper work is complete. I knew a few people who made it to campus, only to find out their financial packages had not been paid for the semester. Lastly, take this time to get all the supplies you need to make your room feel like home.
2. Go to a trade school or arts school. Let’s face it, college is not for everyone, but you can still go to school for something you love. If you are great with your hands, there are schools to teach you the proper techniques to make repairs on cars or do electrical work. If you love the arts, there are also schools for acting, dance and writing programs.
3. Work a retail or fast food job. These are not seen as glamorous jobs, but you never know where they may lead you. These jobs are great if you have a positive attitude and love working with customers. Many retail and fast food companies have incentive programs to keep their employees motivated. Who knows, you could be promoted to a manager in a few years. Many directors and senior management in fast food companies and retail jobs started as entry-level employees.
4. Research job industries. You may not know what you want to do and that’s okay. You can start with making a list of all the things you have fun doing and find out if there is a career that fits your interests. Your school guidance counselor and local librarian can help with this, too.
5. Find a training program. There are many jobs that want to hire young talent and are willing to pay you while you learn. Companies that have programs like this include retail, insurance and technology companies.
6. Be an intern for the summer. There have been many business executives and entrepreneurs that gained career experience as interns. There are many paid and unpaid internship programs by non-profit organizations and corporations. They’re a great way to learn more about an industry and it could possibly lead to a job.
Good luck and have fun!