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Sometimes it’s more valuable to rule a career out than add it to your possibilities list.

Secure a summer job while in high school so you can build your credentials while having fun!

Don’t worry, we aren’t going to recommend that your summer be completely devoid of fun. But at the same time, summer gives you an excellent opportunity to show colleges that you’re responsible, hard-working, and that you understand what it takes to be successful in college and beyond.

Over the summer you have many options. You can do volunteer work, or take classes or summer enrichment programs, or you can get a job and earn some money for college. While summer programs and volunteering options are great, a summer job might be exactly what you need to get a hold on what kind of major you’ll want to pursue in college.

Summer Jobs to Explore Careers

Sure, you’re not going to be able to jump right into a career the summer after your sophomore year. You won’t be able to get a senior finance position, or an engineering gig right now. But this doesn’t mean you can’t look for part-time jobs and internships that might give you an idea of what kinds of things happen in these careers.

Your counselor, parents, friends, and family friends all can help you search for good opportunities. And even if you can’t find one that’s applicable to your career search, remember that summer jobs also often earn you money.

Summer Jobs to Earn Money

Stashing money away for college now might make the difference between getting to go to the college you always wanted and having to settle for your fifth choice. Not only that, but who doesn’t need a little extra cash for the movies every now and then?

Summer Jobs to Get Into College

Of course college admissions boards appreciate seeing summer jobs on your college applications. Why wouldn’t they? Summer jobs show you can handle a variety of responsibilities all while demonstrating the same work ethic that usually leads to success in college. If you were on a college admissions board, would you look favorably on someone who has the discipline to work every summer between school years?

Exactly.

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