So, we’re close to the final stretch before February break! How crazy is that?
Anybody starting to think of summer yet? After this last month of freezing weather, I’m going to think you’re lying if you say no.
If you’re in your first year of university, this will be your first stab at applying for extended summer employment for May through August. A couple of things that I’ve found to be important to keep in mind during this process:
- Start hunting now. The Government of Saskatchewan, many camps (Salvation Army Beaver Creek Camp and Camp Easter Seal, for example), and other organizations have posted jobs already at this point.
- They get funding to hire you as a university student, so there are good opportunities. Keep searching. You don’t have to babysit for the summer to scrape by (if you don’t want to! Personally, babysitting sounds awesome, but..!).
- Network. Go to the Spring Career Fair. Talk to the adults in your life (parents, profs, mentors, etc) to see what kinds of positions they have available for summer students. Many jobs are unlisted or difficult to find if you’re just searching online.
- If you don’t know where to start, try the Job Searching Career session. It’s a good start.
I worked at a camp for the last three summers and loved every minute of it. My predominant consideration for a summer job was for it to be something I loved, was meaningful for me, was fun, outdoors, and was great experience for my future career. Money was less of a concern, so that’s how I chose my job. However, realize what your priorities have to be, and work around that. It will be unrealistic to apply for everything, so make some criteria for yourself before you start.
Have fun and enjoy the images of sunshine and no homework! Or maybe you’re taking summer classes…? 🙂