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School's out children. Time to make some money.

by:
Laurie Campbell

In my experience, most university, college and high school students are hungry for full-time work come summer time. It’s not that they’re particularly keen about securing jobs to trim hedges, shampoo poodles, or sling beer, it’s just that they relish the idea of bringing home something besides grades for a change. They want to start bringing home some of that green stuff, and I don’t mean grass.

For the most part, students live meagre lives financially. Even if mom and dad are providing room and board, allowances usually don’t amount to much. And for students living on their own, or in dorms, well, that’s another story – often one of living hand to mouth, borrowing from family and friends, begging favours left, right and centre for a good portion of the year.

That can take a lot out of a person, and provide real impetus for searching job sources and leveraging social circles for gainful employment.

Of course the smartest of the bunch don’t just settle for any odd job, they map out a plan for work in an area that interests them, or a position that may in some way strengthen their skills in relation to the field they wish to enter once they’re finished school. Alternatively, they seek out positions that may benefit them physically after so many months of sitting around exercising little more than their brains. As they say, a strong body makes for a healthy mind.

Now, the smartest of the smart take all this even one step further. They not only have a game plan for the summer work they wish to do, they have a financial plan in mind with definitive goals for what they hope to achieve by summer’s end. They set markers for savings, and they adhere to a strict regimen that allows for only so much spending of that hard earned cash during the summer.

This doesn’t mean they refrain from all enjoyable summer activities. It just means they are careful with their money, specifically their expendable income, which usually amounts to a heck of a lot more than they had during the course of the school year.  Expensive partying, costly trips, wild shopping sprees – such things are out of the question.

Wise students know that should they blow their summer earnings, an extra measure of suffering will likely greet them come the return of school year. There will be more living hand to mouth. More begging. More borrowing. Who needs the aggravation? It’s demoralizing, right? I know that when I was attending university, I could hardly wait to start earning money so that I could take charge of my own life.

Anyway, it’s the star.com’s Moneyville.ca web site that got me off on my tangent today about students and summer jobs. Moneyville’s great writers and bloggers always have something interesting and informative to impart about personal finance. Krystal Yee’s May 12th column is a case in point. She has compiled a list of resources to help students who are right now searching for seasonal work, part-time jobs, or internships. 

If you’re a student who is hungry for work, I urge you to check out Krystal’s list of resources as follows, which I have gleaned verbatim from her Moneyville column 20-Something and Change.

Workopolis Campus

This site has a job bank of over 10,000 openings specifically for high school, college and university students (as well as new grads), but it also boasts that 51 per cent of people who apply for a job on the website ended up getting an interview. There are also helpful articles.

Young Canada Works

Students and recent graduates can apply for jobs and internships that offer opportunities to practice a second language, work in a museum, or even travel abroad.

JobPostings.ca

A great resource with tons of job postings, related articles, resume and cover letter advice, and a post secondary school guide.

Charity Village

If you’re looking to make a difference and work with a non-profit, Charity Village is the place to look. There are hundreds of different jobs, including some for contract, part-time, seasonal, and internships.

Service Canada Job Bank (Student/Youth)

You will find a lot of interesting jobs for students.

Talent Egg

Search for meaningful entry-level careers, summer jobs, or internships and co-op opportunities with some of Canada’s top employers.

Youth Employment Services

Youth Employment Services (YES) is a Toronto-based company that offers a variety of different services, including employment counseling, training, and job placement services for youth, as well as business skills training for those who are looking to start their own business. They also have an active job board, which offers both full-time opportunities as well as summer student jobs.

When checking out the websites listed in this blog post, don’t forget to use the standard job searching sites as well, such as Craigslist, Monster, Workopolis, Job Shark and Eluta.

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