Outside of Discovery Space on a rainy day.
Outside of Discovery Space on a rainy day.
Hannah Smith

Summer Plans: Should You Get a Job?

As the school year draws to a close, many of our friends and peers talk about searching for a place to work. While some may view summer work as stressful and time consuming, others see it as a valuable experience, a way to make new friends, and of course, a way to earn lots of money.

Finding a summer job has many benefits that will help your future self. It can give financial independence, the ability to save up and buy your own things without begging your parents for money. Getting a job in high school also gives you work experience that you can put on your resume when you’re looking for a more serious job in the future. You can learn different skills and how to operate in a functional work environment. 

Sophomore Eliza Marcovitch thinks getting a job is a good idea for the summer. “It’s a good way to gain experience and you can make money,” she commented. She says her advice to someone looking for a job would be to just put yourself out there. She will be working at multiple camps this summer. 

Many serious, after-college jobs rely on who you know. Getting a job in high school means more networking opportunities. You’ll meet new people, make connections, and possibly open doors to future career paths. Some people feel like they have nothing to do and are bored all summer. A summer job provides a sense of motivation and a structure to your schedule, helping you stay productive during the long break.

 Junior Claire Dworsky thinks having a summer job provides many benefits. “I think it’s a good way to learn how to be independent, also learn to be a leader and also make money. Who doesn’t love that?” she said. She is on the job hunt and is hoping to work at the Mountain View golf course where she plays. 

While having a job comes with many benefits, it also has its downsides. It gives you limited free time, leaving little room for relaxation, travel, or pursuing personal interests/goals. You may have to cancel plans and skip hangouts with your friends. Working can also be tiring, especially if you’re juggling multiple responsibilities. It can take up a lot of your energy and leave you feeling stressed or burnt out. 

Senior Hannah Bloom has a full-time job this summer, and is hoping for more of the positive benefits instead of the negative ones. “I think getting a job is a good idea because you can gain different experiences and also meet new people […]. I would say to look for a job where you can combine what you love to do with making money,” she commented. Bloom chose to work at Discovery Space because she loves working with children and thought it would be a good way to make money while also enjoying her summer. 

If you’re unsure or on the fence, consider finding a middle ground. Take on a part-time job that allows for you to set aside time for personal projects or hobbies. If you aren’t ready for a job just yet, try some volunteering or community service that aligns with your personal interests and values while also building up your high school resume. 

Remember, the summer is yours to design. Take this time to relax and not have any worries or stress about upcoming homework or tests. Prioritize your well-being and mental health first. If getting a job sounds like a good idea to you, choose wisely, and make this summer one to remember. 

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