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Summer jobs: more possibilities than you think

Posted on Tuesday April 23, 2019

Summer jobs: more possibilities than you think

The semester is already almost over. You are starting to evaluate your summer job possibilities: getting a paid internship in your field of study, working in a youth hostel in another country, getting a remote job? There's no shortage of possibilities! Here are a few ideas to make your summer job project meet all your expectations.

Finding a summer job that meets (all) your expectations

A summer job in your field of study is a good opportunity to develop your abilities and acquire experience in the sector in which you want to have a career. Are you in environmental studies? Think of a job as a research assistant or in land use planning. You adore children and you want to get out of the city? Summer camps are hiring right now.

Several portals propose dozens of jobs grouped into various fields. Here are a few that could make your job search easier if you live in New Brunswick:

Paid internships are also available in several fields. You can use your knowledge and gain experience. Search the Web sites of employers that interest you, like the Jobs section of UNI's site, to see if they are looking for personnel. You can also use LinkedIn for example by entering "student looking for a job" on your profile, to inform professionals in your field that you are looking for work. Don't hesitate to contact a potential employer without responding directly to a job posting: your initiative will set you apart from the rest!

Working abroad, to pay for your studies and travel at the same time

You want to take full advantage of your twenties and experience an unforgettable summer? Your seasonal employment could be your ticket to adventure.

Working abroad (or in another province!) is sometimes less profitable than working at home due to more expenses (lodging, transportation, insurance, etc.). Some employers abroad do compensate with lodging for example. You can experience a summer like no one else while also learning valuable skills. International experience, learning another language, cultural awareness, capacity to adapt: these skills, that are difficult to quantify, are highly valued on the current job market, as confirmed by a report by Dell Technologies and the Institute for the Future.

Canada has reached several international agreements that make getting a work permit in a multitude of countries such as Australia, France or Greece. Find out more at Expérience Internationale Canada.

Working in event planning, making your summer one long festival

Have you thought of working in event planning? Many events are held all summer long and job offers are numerous, in our own province as well as elsewhere in Canada. You would be joining work teams made up of young dynamic people, directly on the most festive sites, while also being able to work outdoors and take advantage of the warm weather! Consult the Festivals et événements section of the Tourism New Brunswick Web site to get the list of all the events in the province. You can start sending your CV now along with a letter of presentation!

Working at your own pace, on your own personalized schedule

Are you more the dolce vita type? Working for yourself could help you to avoid set schedules and enable you to plan your summer the way you want it including some travel time (or just some time to chill...)

Several self-employment opportunities are related to new technologies (data entry, Web site design development, etc.) or communications (writing, translation, content creation, etc.). The sharing economy also offers a wide range of jobs that require only little training, such as doing manual work in your neighbourhood or babysitting or pet sitting. Several search sites allow you to apply on short or long-term individual contracts. In short, you only apply for the ones that interest you!

To find contracts in new technologies, Comet could be of great help, while Fiverr and Upwork are more oriented towards communications. To offer your services to your neighbourhood, a simple ad on a site like Kijiji or on your social networks, or even just a few well-positioned signs could do the trick.

Have a great summer everyone!

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