Employment Trends

Top 20 Best Summer Jobs for Recent Graduates

Written by Peter Jones

looking for a way to maximize your hireability come graduation time? the best strategy is to get a job or an internship related to the field you want to work in. but if that isn’t an option for you, then you want to maximize learning stuff and making money—while still leaving you time to, you know, have a summer.

some of the most successful people in the world have a story or two about the crappy job they worked over a summer or two of their adolescence. here are 20 of the best possible options for you to mull over as you dust off your summer wardrobe:

  • sales—no matter what you’re selling, these skills will come seriously in handy over the course of your career.
  • post office worker—this one comes with surprisingly good pay, and guaranteed time outdoors!
  • national park services
  • camp counselors—pay isn’t great, but accommodation and food (and beautiful natural surroundings!) are usually free
  • resort or country club—you get paid to be by the beach or the pool or the golf course.
  • tour guide
  • restaurant jobs
  • web design
  • tutoring—set your own hours and make bank.
  • telemarketing—same as sales; you do have to be that annoying person on the phone, but if you have a knack for it, you’ll earn a lot of cash.
  • campus jobs/working in the labs or libraries—check your university for openings.
  • construction worker
  • valet
  • pet and house sitting
  • writing articles for sites that will pay you
  • convention worker—anything cool coming to your town? get involved.
  • landscaping
  • lifeguards
  • dog walker
  • barista

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Peter Jones