Summer Job Ending: Now What?

Cornelius BookerThe first day of school is right around the corner which means summer jobs are coming to an end. Once your summer job has ended, what you do with the experience can very well determine your future career path. Summer jobs are designed to give young adults opportunities to gain work experience, earn money, and build their resume. So now that your summer job has come to an end what is the next step?

Here are a few tips on how you can make the most of your summer experience.

1) Get references – While you were working your summer job you probably had the opportunity to work with several professionals. One of the main ways of finding future job opportunities is through networking. Great people to network with are previous coworkers and managers because they may have leads to your next opportunity. Speak with them to find out if you can use them as a reference when you apply for your next job. Also, don’t be shy to ask them if they know of any other companies that are hiring; they may refer you to your next job. Get their contact information and maintain that relationship in case other opportunities become available.

2) Create or update your resume – Your resume outlines your experience and lets your future employer know what skills you have. Take the experiences that you gained during your summer job and outline them on your resume. Don’t discount small activities that you performed during your daily work routines. For example, filing documents or providing customer service should be listed on your resume. If you need assistance or guidance with your resume, feel free to visit the nearest Workforce Solutions office.

3) Learn from your experience – While you were working your summer job you gained valuable experience. That experience is valuable not just to you, but to your future employers. Everything that you learned can be applied to many different jobs. The type of work you performed can help you find out what type of work are you good at and also what type of work you enjoy doing. Yes, what you gained from working can help you determine what you want to do and if you need additional training to do that type of work in the future. On the other hand, you may find out that you don’t like the type of work you were doing. Either way, use that experience to help you with your future plans and goals.

Always remember that summer jobs were designed to be a plateau for you to be successful. They are not intended to just to keep you busy or so you can earn money. It’s created so that you can use this experience to create a better future for you. You should learn from your summer experience and use it to be the best version of yourself.

Cornelius Booker is a senior member of the Regional Navigator team and a graduate of Oklahoma State University where he received his Bachelors in Marketing and later received his M.B.A with a focus on Business Marketing and Management. With his personal experience and passion for the disabled community, Cornelius’ insights are an invaluable asset to the Workforce Solutions organization.

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