Gone are the days where you get to spend morning to night playing with your friends from the neighborhood. Now, you will likely have to reflect on those warm, childhood summer memories from behind a counter or a desk. However, summer jobs are not all doom and gloom. There are many perks to working during youth’s most glorious season that will not make you feel like your time was misspent.

Experience

Those extra lines on a resume could make a big difference for your future. Get out and gain valuable experience over the summer that could possibly provide you with a sense of direction for your career. Internships, job shadowing, and research can all lead you down self-revelatory roads. Always try to ask for more responsibility, as it will show positively with your employer and shine brightly on your resume.

Connections

In line with new experience, you will likely develop new connections over the summer. It is a good idea to pad that network with people that could guide you in your career later on in life. The value of relationships in career is immeasurable, and by taking your summer developing some, you are getting a solid head start. You never know who may be able to help you in your future, so be sure to keep positive and healthy relaitonships with the people you work with and your superiors.
Responsibility

Getting a job could probably be boiled down to one word: responsibility. We all have got to grind, and the summer is no exception if you are an adult. To those that have got to get up, commute, and clock in during our most fun season, good for you. Enjoy those perks! Take advantage of all the great things that come with having a summer job, including but not exclusive to, a steady network, valuable experience, and the reward of responsibility. You will reflect on these times fondly in the future.