Are you trying to find a great summer job? Consider a STEM summer job. It is a great way to earn money and will look great on a college application or resume!
Finding a summer job can seem tedious and time consuming. If you have to spend your summer working, consider finding a job that relates to STEM. Not only will the summer job help you earn some extra money, but the job will also look great on a college application or resume.
The good news is almost any job you find for the summer will have some element of science, technology, engineering or mathematics attached to it. Finding the STEM element in your summer job will help you learn new skills and help hold your interest even if the summer job you get is not exactly your dream job. For example, did you find a gig as part of a landscaping crew all summer, but that is not the job you were hoping for? You can find STEM related elements even in a landscaping gig! Every time you work with a new piece of equipment, consider the technology and the science behind it. Do some research during your down time on how exactly the engine in the lawn mower works.Consider the mathematics of the angles every time you turn a corner with that same lawn mower.
If you are looking for a more specific STEM related summer job then a little bit more leg work might be involved. Here are five tips on how to try to secure a STEM related summer job:
1. Start early and compile a list of local employers.
It is a good idea to start researching and looking early for potential local employers. Visit these sites or call to see if they are hiring for the summer and ask what their hiring or application process would entail. Emphasizing that you are interested in working there over the summer because of your interest in STEM is a good idea as well.
A second important way to possibly secure a STEM related summer job is to network and get the word out there you are looking. Post on Facebook and other social media sites as appropriate, tell your friends, approach teachers and/or coaches when they have a free moment and any other organizations you may be involved with. Letting people know you are looking is a great way to get the word out and get ideas and recommendations on potential employers.
3. Talk with your high school guidance counselor and/or college career counselor.
A third tip to securing a summer STEM related summer job is to visit your high school guidance counselor or your college career center. Both departments are great resources that can help point you in the right direction on how to locate a summer job. Your guidance counselor or your career counselor will also be able to help you prepare for any potential job interviews, help get your resume up to speed and go over any other questions you may have regarding the job search process.
4. Be prepared.
Now that some of the leg work is done, be prepared with a resume, a possible letter of recommendation and an outfit for a potential interview in the event you do receive an invitation to interview with a company.
5. Don’t give up.
It can be hard to find a summer job, and particularly a summer job related to STEM. The competition for summer jobs may be tough, but don’t give up. Be persistence, continue to network and have heart that a great summer gig will turn up just in time for the hot summer months ahead!