Job research can assist you in finding what you like and give you some insight on job trends and in-demand careers.

Use your summer to explore jobs and careers that interest you.

You aren’t going to find your perfect job opportunity the summer after your freshman year. It’s just not going to happen. But sometimes it’s more important to rule a job out than to find the idyllic position that makes you happy. The knowledge that you will never ever want to do a job again for as long as you live can be just as valuable as finding something you like.

As you cycle through different types of jobs, reflect on the positions and determine which parts you like and which parts you didn’t like.

For example, if you start your own mini-business as a lawn-mower, maybe you don’t like the manual labor, but do enjoy the flexibility and responsibility of doing your own thing. Perhaps you have a career in business ahead of you?

Or if you get a part-time retail job, maybe you hate the clothes you’re selling, and don’t like standing around all day, but do enjoy interacting and helping people. Perhaps you could find yourself as a social worker or counselor in the future?

Summer jobs aren’t all about making money and finding the perfect job for your personality. More importantly, summer positions are about finding out more about yourself – what you like and dislike, what you’re good at and what you’re not – and filing that information away for when you need to choose a major and ultimately, a career.

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