When most teenagers think about getting a summer job, it’s usually because of one reason — money. And while that certainly is a plus, there are many more personal and professional benefits that far outweigh a paycheck. If you’re thinking about joining “the real world” this summer, here are a few ways a summer job will prepare you for your future.
The application process. When it comes time to get your dream job in the future, you’ll already have an idea of what applying for a job feels like. Meaning you’ll know how to dress, what questions to ask, and how to create a resume and cover letter.


You’ll have a daily routine. During the summer, the days can start to blend and sleeping until noon can become the norm. A job, even just a few days a week, will keep you on a normal schedule and help you better manage your time.


You’ll have a recommendation. Whether you work at your job for one summer or keep going back every year, you’ll now have a recommendation for a future employer. Even if your future job is in a completely different field as your summer job was, your employer may still contact your previous manager to get a sense of your work ethic and personality.


It’s a great way to meet new people. Chances are, you’ll be spending a lot of time with people your age. This is a great and stress-free way to network and naturally make new friends.


Independence. Sure a job comes with more responsibilities, but it will also give you a greater sense of independence. Now, you’ll have the chance to budget your own income, instead of always having to ask mom and dad for money.
You’ll learn to work with others. A job requires you to work with people day in and day out, meaning you’ll learn how to effectively communicate with others and compromise when need be.


Learn a new skill. Whether it’s how to work a cash register, take food orders, or work with little kids, it’s never a bad thing to learn a new skill.


Are you or someone you know looking to find your path on the way to success, while having a learning disability? Debra Solomon of Spectrum Strategies helps young adults with autism and other learning disabilities identify their strengths and challenges to help them find a job, vocational program, or college that best fits them!