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How to spend your summer if you can’t find a summer job

Alternative ways to spend your summer if you don't have a job

Written by Megan Stonecipher and posted in employment

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School is finally over with, and it’s now time for summer break!  There’s just one thing, you weren’t able to find a summer job.  If this sounds like you, don’t fret.  Just because you were unable to come up with a summer job, doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of other productive things to do with your summer.  Below you can find a list of alternative things you can do this summer.


  • Not only is traveling exciting and fun, but traveling will also widen your knowledge on different cultures and places.  
  • Traveling is also a great way to meet new people and to try different things.  

Find an unpaid internship

  • A lot of students and younger people frown upon unpaid internships, but these are a great way to gain experience and to see if what you are thinking about doing for a job in the future is actually what you want to do.
  • You will not only learn valuable skills from partaking in one, but it will also look great on your resume as well.

Take summer classes

  • Taking a summer class is a great way to not only keep you preoccupied but is also a great way to get ahead on your university requirements.  
  • Summer classes are also a great way to refresh your knowledge on a subject before taking a harder subject that you are signed up for in the fall.  
  • You will learn so much, and it will keep you ontop of things. 

Become health conscious

  • Summer break is a great time to focus on your personal health.
  • Find new workout classes and spend time trying to exercise and get in shape.
  • Also try and work on your sleep hygiene and eating healthy as well.  


  • Volunteering is a great way to help out your community and still gain experience.  
  • Not only will volunteering allow you to do great things for others, but it will also help add to resume as well.  
  • It will also help build up your reputation as a hard worker, and might even in the future open the door for a paying job as well. 

Build relationships

  • If you don’t have a job this summer try building relationships and networking.
  • Networking earlier rather than later in life will definitely help you in the long run.  
  • A great way to network is to seek out people who have jobs similar to what you want to do later in life and ask to do an informational interview with them.  
  • Informational interviews are a great way to see the steps a person took in order to get the job that they have today.  This will give you insight on what you need to do in the future to get that job or a job like it, and having connections to a person who has a similar job to the one you want could even present the opportunity for a job offer in the future. 
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Published June 27th, 2017
Last updated February 21st, 2018
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