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If you haven’t already secured a summer job for when you finish your exams, you might be feeling like you have ‘missed the boat’ and that your chances of finding meaningful and/or profitable summer employment are long gone. If you’re feeling that way, keep reading!
A lot of students who don’t already have summer employment plans visit MRU’s Career Services. “They come worried that there are no more opportunities” said Patsy Valenzuela, Supervisor of Career Education and Employment Development at MRU’s Career Services. She wants to reassure students; “there are still recruiters looking for students though, and in April we usually receive 15-20 job postings per day.”
Valenzuela also reminds students that nearly 80% of job opportunities are in the “hidden job market”; jobs that aren’t posted on job boards, employers who don’t attend career fairs. “The most important thing for students to remember is to deal with the ‘now’, while remembering the big picture” reminded Patsy Valenzuela. She goes on to recommend that students make a plan for their summer employment, and then make sure they target their efforts.
“A broad blast of job applications is still not as effective as a targeted job search” said Valenzuela. Even if you have exams, possible spring or summer vacations, or other plans standing in the way of you beginning you job search today, you’re better off making a targeted plan when you have the time to dedicate to building a targeted resume and cover letter, researching your potential employers, and moving forward with a specific job search.
While every student would love a summer job that pays enough for tuition and living expenses next academic year, gives plenty of learning opportunities, offers excellent flexibility and other non-monetary benefits, and puts them on the fast-track for a post-graduation career in their field, there’s nothing wrong with paring down your plan to something easier to accomplish with the limited summer job window you have left.
In creating a plan Patsy Valenzuela went on to add that students should consider things like: How many months do you want to work? Is this job just to make money for school next year? How much money do you want to make? Do you want to gain meaningful experience in your future career field? Do you want to just have a fun summer job? Do you want to learn new things in your job that could shape your potential career prospects? “It can be very empowering to decide that it’s ok to just earn money” commented Valenzuela; your summer job doesn’t need to hit every mark, as long as you have a goal to strive for and achieve.
To get one-on-one personal coaching at MRU’s Career Services, visit >> http://www.mtroyal.ca/EmploymentCareers/CareerServices/
For on and off campus job opportunities add SAMRU’s Career & Employment Opportunities page to your bookmarks >> https://samru.ca/about/career/
– Dawn Linnemoller, Editor & Content Coordinator, SAMRU