Everyone and anyone can benefit from a part-time job. Even if the job you take isn’t in your desired career, it’s still a great way to gain real world experience, make connections, and get future referrals.
Nowadays, many colleges will require you to have an internship before you graduate — so it’s pretty clear they’re an invaluable experience. Like a part-time job, an internship will also give you a better understanding of what life is like in the work force. But unlike a part-time job, an internship will likely be more specific to what you’re studying in school — meaning it’s a great opportunity for networking. And typically, if a company is looking to hire full-time, they start by interviewing their interns.
During the school year, many students’ schedules are packed with mandated classes, which can leave little room for more fun and creative classes. This summer, take a class on something you’re interested in and want to learn more about — even if it doesn’t relate to your major at all!
Cultural exchange programs are an incredible and safe way for young people to see the world and get a better understanding of another culture. It also makes for a wonderful college essay topic, or conversation piece during job and college interviews.