Work experience looks great on a college or scholarship application. It demonstrates time management and responsibility if a student is able to work, maintain his or her grades and stay involved in other activities.
The work experience section of an application allows reviewers to gain a better understanding of how a student spent his or her time in high school.
What type of work can be included?
When filling out this section, keep in mind that only legitimate jobs should be included. Do not list money you made for chores or babysitting your siblings.
However, you can include more than your typical paid jobs. If you are planning on attending a vocational school, or pursuing a career that encourages job shadowing, track those hours in this section, even if they are unpaid. Also include unpaid internships in this section.
What type of job will look impressive?
You don’t have to have a prestigious job to include it on your application. Bagging groceries and even that fun summer job at the pool can demonstrate work ethic and dedication.
Embrace your strengths, weaknesses and the reality of your situation, and utilize every component of the application to showcase your authentic self.
One way a summer job can help create an impressive college or scholarship application is by demonstrating your commitment to your future career. Do you have an idea of what kind of job you want? Is there a job that will offer you the opportunity to gain experience and skills for this career?
Maybe you want to work with kids? Then consider getting a job as a:
- Camp counselor
- Tutor for homeschool or summer school kids
Maybe you want to work outside? Then maybe you could find one of these jobs:
- Dog walker/pet sitter
- Cleaning pools
- Lawn care
- Auto detailer
- Golf caddy
- Newspaper delivery
Maybe you want to work inside? Then look for a job in:
- Food service
- Office administration
Ask your employer for a letter of recommendation. Keep copies of these letters for future use, or a boost of confidence.
How do I find a summer job?
Most of the time, a job will not just fall in your lap. Finding a job that you will enjoy takes effort. Here are some tips for getting started on your job search:
- Let people in your life know you’re looking for a job AND ask if they know of any available. Talk to your friends, parents, teachers, neighbors, church or other organizations you belong to, and anyone else you can think of who would help you!
- Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone! Walk into local businesses and ask if they’re hiring.
- Look in your local newspaper for job descriptions.
- Consider an internship. They may offer less (or no) money, but it could give you experience for your future career. You may learn that you love or hate what you thought was the perfect career.
- Check out job websites specializing in helping teens.
- Start your own business. This is a great way to set yourself apart from other applicants because it demonstrates that you can take initiative and create your own opportunities. Market yourself with business cards, flyers, phone calls, and social media by networking with others in your community.
Summer is right around the corner! Finding a job is a process, so get started now! Remember, you don’t need a prestigious job in high school, but gaining experience for your future career will help you stand out on applications!