Guide to Finding a Summer Job while in School

by admin on May 9, 2011

Sooner or later, we all have to get a job. Admittedly, a lot of people manage to put this off indefinitely. These are people of remarkable pragmatic intelligence, and their laziness is equally remarkable. Or they are just rich. As for the rest of us mere mortals, we simply need to work. It seems that with every year, allowances are becoming lower and lower, and the prices of our favorite things are getting higher and higher. Some people start experiencing an urgent need for cash at around 15 years of age and thus start looking into summer jobs. For others, this need surfaces after they have been admitted into a university. Having said that, there is a large number of different websites that can help Canadian students get summer jobs. The Canadian government supports many of them. These sites include government programs, which should be taken as a sure sign that the job in question is legitimate. Unfortunately, a lot of students do not even know these websites exist. Many of them offer jobs for students in their local area, and sometimes even abroad.

Websites that are affiliated with the government usually provide detailed instructions for students and employers. This comes as a great relief for people, who are looking for summer jobs. The sites filter the possibilities with a focus on the personal preferences of the individual. For instance, a high school or college student who has an interest in the food service industry would want a job at a diner or restaurant. Summer jobs of this type may very well turn out to be the basis of future career growth. With this work experience, the students will know if this job and field are still interesting to them and whether they could pursue a career in this direction.

As mentioned, these websites provide jobs either in the person’s province of residence or abroad. Other sites offer exchange programs or special programs. An example of the latter is the so-called summer firm program, which enables students to work in the field of entrepreneurship.

Of course, competition is very strong and participants will need special qualifications if they want to get a job (either in their province, in Canada, the US, or another foreign country). They may participate in an exchange program or attain an internship. The prerequisites include a legal permit to work, holding citizenship status in Canada, and being under 30. Attending high school or college and intending to return to school are other requirements. There are further requirements depending on the job, exchange or internship you are interested in.

Finally, you should not just throw yourself at any job. Flipping burgers at the local food joint for sub-minimum pay is a waste of time. You would make yourself more useful helping your mother with the chores at home or running errands for your father. If your parents have a family business, you should help them out instead of making money for someone else who is not likely to return the favor.

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