The fight for a summer job heats up once spring arrives; by following a few simple rules, students can find their dream job and earn some spending cash

By Hashem Anabtawi, ‘15

Summer is long, and as students grow up, the need to start thinking about the future is evident. A job is the perfect solution for gaining extra cash and creating useful time consumption throughout the upcoming break.

The general manager of Macy’s at Tuttle, Paria Mariska, explained the status of getting summer jobs this year.

“Securing a job is getting harder as the break approaches,” Mariska said.

In order to know when to apply, where to go and how to act, Mariska said to take tips from experts to find summer employment.

The first step in securing a job is to evaluate why and how a summer job helps any one student, said the manager at Bed, Bath and Beyond in Hilliard, Gagan Sawhney. He said it is important for students to get a summer job because of its benefits and influence in future opportunities.

“I encourage teenagers to apply for summer jobs,” Gagan said. “It is a great way to gain experience in working, and you would get to meet numerous amounts of people that would help you decide on your career in the future.”

Sophomore Kaylin Allshouse has already gotten a head start on her future. She said how she secured her job during the school year so that she could have money of her own.

“You can’t always be asking your parents for money because, face it, you’re 16-years-old and it’s time to start acting independent so [you’ll] have money to afford your responsibilities, such as gas,” Allshouse said.

The second step in getting a summer job is to figure out where to apply for work. Sophomore Sagel Dubey is an example of a sudent looking for work at a place she visits frequently.

“I’d rather work at Panera Bread, Caribou Coffee or Starbucks because they’re popular and ‘chill’ places to hang out. The work seems simple and I enjoy the cooking experience overall,” Dubey said.

Time management is the third step to securing a job. According to Gagan, students should be cautious that applying too late to a job, such as weeks into the summer, raises the difficulty to find an available position.

“There will be many people applying before the summer, so it’s important that someone would apply about a month before the summer begins for training,” Gagan said.

Through following this advice in looking for a job in the near future, from those who have been in the shoes of most students and the experts who are far up the ladder, will assure an enjoyable, insightful and productive experience for getting a summer job.