There’s no better way to figure out what career path you want, or one you don’t want than to apply for an internship or a seasonal job. These types of jobs can give you a pretty good idea of what it would take to work in that particular career. It’s important to test out the waters before entering a career you are unsure of. Whether you love your internship or seasonal job or not, you can still walk away learning a thing or two, such as valuable skills and lessons.
Seasonal employees are defined as employees that are hired for a short term. They can be both part-time and full-time but are usually part-time, temporary workers that typically don’t work more than 30-35 hours a week or over 6 months out of the year. The seasonal jobs also have a flexible schedule so the more available you are the easier it’ll be to find a job. This is a great way to make some extra money and add experiences to your resume. Examples of seasonal employees are life guards, ski instructors, summer camp counselors, and summer internships.
Seasonal employee tips
- Do walk-in to see if someone is hiring
- Google search open positions
- Search on websites like, Indeed and LinkedIn
- Use keywords in your search like “seasonal”, “seasonal summer” “seasonal holiday”
- If applying for the holiday season, start applying early. The earlier the better chance you’ll get the job.
An internship is a professional supervised learning experience that is set to offer meaningful work related to students’ studies. Though not all internships are given to students, a majority are related to younger adults wanting to add to their resume and get professional experience. An internship gives students or recent grads valuable work experience that they will be able to take into their future career. Internships are not only valuable to students, they are also great ways for employers to bring fresh new ideas and work to the company as well as develop talent and potentially future full time employees.
- Network and develop professional contacts
- Gain valuable skills in a particular field
- To get a mentor that can provide guidance and advice
- Potential to work with the company again in a full time positions
- Talk to someone in the field
- Attend a job fair
- Know about the company before interviewing
- Ask question during the interview – it shows interest
Internships have been proven to be successful for both the employer and the student. An internship offers hands-on experience that you won’t be able to get in a classroom. Having a mentor within the field you want to pursue allows you to ask questions and get answers that sometimes professors cannot answer. Completing an internship or seasonal job can show you if you are in the right career path, if not, you get another one, it’s a great way to test out what you love to do and what you don’t. Start researching internships and seasonal jobs to put on your resume and start working on your future.