The sun is shining, students are out of school, and you’re about ready to tear your hair out. You’ve heard the phrase, “Can I have ten bucks?” more times than you’d like to admit in the past couple of weeks. If you tally them up, though, it gives you some great ammunition to answer with, “Guess it’s time for you to get a summer job!” There’s no better time to teach independence than during high school. Students are going off to college in a few years and will start amassing bills that they have no idea what to do with. The value of learning responsibility during high school years can’t be underestimated. When your student is ready to get out there and make a couple extra bucks, this list of great summer jobs will come in handy.
- Babysitter – This job is great for all young adults. It usually pays well and gives them a chance to see what it’s like to have kids around all the time. There’s no better way to instill responsibility and teach independence than having your high school student help take care of a little one. Plus, it’s a great way to network. The parent grapevine is powerful if your student ends up being a great babysitter.
- Intern – Does your high school student already know what he or she wants to do for a living? Looking into internships early is a great idea. Though they usually won’t count for credit (and sometimes may not be paid), they’ll learn what the business is all about and get a chance to take on some responsibility in their chosen field.
- Lifeguard – This is probably the most popular summer job for students. There is extensive training to make sure that lifeguards know how to do their jobs right, but working as a lifeguard can be very lucrative – not just in the money category. Students working as lifeguards get the chance to learn lifesaving skills that they can take with them as they get older and grow.
- Pet Sitter – Frederick country residents are always looking for good pet sitters while they’re on vacation. If your student likes working with animals better than people, this is a good place for them to get some extra money and hang out with furry friends. It’s important that these students are comfortable with animals and not afraid to go into other people’s homes to take care of the animals – being trustworthy is important, too.
- Tutor – Is your high school student really gifted in one subject area? They can actually make pretty good money tutoring other students or do the work for volunteer hours. Working with younger students will give them the opportunity to learn patience and find out more about the teaching career, possibly leading them to be even better students.
Finding a summer job isn’t all about making a little bit of extra cash. It’s about having a student learn about the working world and figuring out what it takes to be a responsible adult. It also gives you the opportunity to teach them a little bit more about what the working world can offer as they get older and how much things cost. Open the door to discuss more adult things with them, such as insurance, as well. If you or they have any questions about how insurance works, you can call us at 301.371.6335, visit our website, or drop by our Middletown, Maryland office.