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Finding a summer job

Finding a summer jobThe long summer break is a great opportunity to gain experience and make some money. Find out where you can get summer work.

Start your job search early

Businesses know well in advance that they'll need to hire new people for summer, so they start recruiting early. That means you'll have a better chance if you start looking well before the summer. Consider starting your job hunt in March or April if you can.

However, if summer comes around and you haven't found work, don't give up: it's likely that there will still be opportunities available.

What kind of summer job are you looking for?

The kind of job you should look for depends on what you want to get out of it. For example, if you just want to earn money, then you should compare jobs based on what they pay and how many hours you can work, whereas if you're looking for experience you may want to consider volunteering opportunities as well. Make sure you have given this some thought before you start your job hunt.

Where to look for summer jobs

A good way to find summer work is to think about the kind of employers in your area that will need more staff in the summer. Examples include:

  • Caf├ęs, pubs and restaurants
  • Tourist attractions
  • Gardeners
  • Fruit pickers

It's worth contacting these businesses directly to see if they have jobs available, as they might not advertise all of their vacancies more widely.

Remember, you might not be limited to opportunities that are local to you: for example, if you work at a children's activity camp then accommodation is often provided.

You can also check online job listings and newspaper adverts for summer work. Many websites have a separate section for seasonal jobs.

Working at summer events and festivals

Summer work doesn't have to be with a single employer. There are many summertime events, such as music festivals, which need staff to help with everything from security to bar work. This gives you an opportunity to experience the event when you're not on shift - handy if you don't have the cash for a festival ticket.

However, many of these jobs are unpaid except for access to the festival, so they're not a great choice if you're trying to save money for the rest of the year.

Summer jobs in universities

If you're at university, you have access to extra opportunities. Universities often require temporary workers over the summer, and they often employ students to fill these roles.

Possible jobs might include:

  • Summer school helper
  • Admin in the admissions office
  • Assisting at conferences and other events

You can find these jobs:

  • On the careers service website
  • On university mailing lists
  • In a student union job shop
  • By contacting departments that are likely to be hiring, such as conference, hospitality or admissions, directly

You may also be able to find work on campus outside the holidays, which can be a good way of fitting work around your studies.

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