What Kind Of Summer Job Is Right For You?

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What Kind Of Summer Job Is Right For You? - Quiz

Finding a summer job can be overwhelming. This quick quiz will help you assess your values and narrow down that daunting summer job search. Read your results for some tips and links to check out.


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Quick Cash

Whether it is to pay down your student loan, save up to move out of Casa Roach, or splurge on a fabulous vacation, this summer is all about making money. The hospitality industry is the best place to look. Lots of bars and restaurants start hiring for patio season in April or May. An upbeat smile and a conscientious attitude will keep the tips rolling in. Remember, even if you are looking for a casual job, approach the job search like a true professional - have a perfect resume and cover letter prepared, and project a professional image.Attending Seneca's Summer Job Fair at Newnham Campus (Building B) on March 25 will give you a chance to meet employers and network your way to a great summer job!

The Escapist

Have you been working on your monitor tan all year? Does going out for dinner mean coffee and donuts in the campus cafe? You've made it through the year, and you need a change of scenery and some fresh air. Taking a break from the everyday can diversify your knowledge base, give you new perspectives, and equip you with transferable skills that will benefit your future career in the long run. If you're looking to get away while still making money, try working at a resort in Muskoka, planting trees, or picking fruit in the Okanagan Valley. Or stay in Toronto and work outdoors at a city park or community centre. Attending Seneca's Summer Job Fair at Newnham Campus (Building B) on March 25 will give you a chance to meet employers and network your way to a great summer job!If you are simply looking for an experience and money is not as important, there are many programs that allow you to work or learn a new skill while exploring a different city, country, or setting. For example, the Explore program sends non-francophone Canadians to Quebec to learn French. Or you can swap your sweat for room and board as a volunteer on an organic farm. Be creative! There are tons of options out there.

Career Edge

You want to be a CEO by age 35, and cannot wait to apply everything you have learned in class. You are on the fast track, and don't want to let the summer slow you down. Summer can be an opportunity to try out a job in your field without having to commit to a long-term contract. Devoting summers to furthering your career goals while in school shows future employers that you are dedicated and passionate about your career. You can start building a solid professional network, gain on-the-job training and work on the skills that will give you a head-start in your career. Come to one of the many Job Fairs offered at Seneca and network your way to a great summer job! Remember that every interaction is a networking opportunity, so don't be shy about telling your teachers, classmates - pretty much anyone in your field - that you are looking for a summer job and try to create an opportunity for yourself!If salary is not that important, try looking for an internship or volunteer position that will give you a foot in the door and help you gain experience. There are many government programs that help students find productive summer jobs. Finally, if you are in a creative field, taking a summer to work on building your portfolio can put you ahead of the game.

The Giver

You have been working on yourself all year, and want to give something back to the community. Whether it is volunteering, working with children, or working for a non-profit organization, there are many summer opportunities to get involved in meaningful service. Check online job boards like Charity Village, GoodWork and Idealist have tons of postings for jobs, internships, and programs in the non-profit sector. Also, Volunteer Toronto matches volunteers with agencies, or you can volunteer for Toronto's busy calendar of special events. If you want to give back by working with children, there are many summer camps and youth programs looking for young, energetic staff. If you are looking into summer camp jobs in the United States, make sure that your employer is willing to arrange a work visa.Volunteering - even if it is not always the most challenging work - can help you build a strong set of transferable skills that will benefit your career in the long run. These can include flexibility, balancing priorities, working with difficult clients, satisfying the demands of diverse stakeholders, and other valuable skills.
Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    I like to read
    • A. 

      Non-fiction biographies of successful people and books that are relevant to my field

    • B. 

      Inspirational stories and books that have a real message about making the world a better place

    • C. 

      Self help books and guides to getting rich, quick

    • D. 

      Fiction - particularly stories that take place in exotic places

  • 2. 
    This summer, the most important thing about my job is
    • A. 

      Setting

    • B. 

      Salary

    • C. 

      Relevance to my program

    • D. 

      Personal fulfillment

  • 3. 
    This summer, I really DON'T want to
    • A. 

      Work for a chain or corportaion

    • B. 

      Be stuck at a desk

    • C. 

      Blow all my money on partying

    • D. 

      Let an opportunity pass me by

  • 4. 
    At work, I like to
    • A. 

      Just get my shift over with

    • B. 

      Take initiative and go beyond the call of duty

    • C. 

      Help others/society

    • D. 

      Take myself out of my comfort zone and challenge myself

  • 5. 
    When I'm doing assignments for school, I
    • A. 

      Work like a dog making sure I turn in something I am really proud of

    • B. 

      Make sure they have some relevance to broader social issues

    • C. 

      Spend way more hours than I need to at the library because I am always daydreaming

    • D. 

      Always do good work, but don't knock myself out over every detail - I have other priorities too

  • 6. 
    The thing I most want to get out of this summer job is
    • A. 

      A change, so I can come back next semester feeling refreshed

    • B. 

      As many work hours as possible, so I can maximize my paycheque

    • C. 

      A feeling that I've contributed something to my community

    • D. 

      Some amazing experience and connections that will help me find a full time job when I graduate

  • 7. 
    I am most comfortable working
    • A. 

      With others, in a position to help them succeed

    • B. 

      At something familiar where my training can really shine

    • C. 

      Where I don't have to bring my job home with me at the end of the day

    • D. 

      Outdoors where I am constantly engaged and active

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