The Most Important Thing Every Student Should Do This Summer

Hey students, what do you picture when you hear the words, “The Perfect Summer”?

What sights, colors, and feelings swirl in your head? Do you smell meat on the grill? Do you hear waves splashing on the beach?

Whatever you pictured, you may be missing the one thing a young adult can do this summer that can help improve the rest of your life.

Get a job.

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There’s even good news. For young adults in search of a summer job, the prospects this year are the best they’ve been since 2009.

“Summer is traditionally the peek season for industrial staffing and that’s certainty the case this year,” said Kasey Moran, CEO of TRAC Staffing, an employment service that specializes in all aspects of staffing, including manufacturing, clerical, and IT.

“This is when manufacturing is in full swing, and we get so busy in the office we can barely take a break. So, the opportunity is there for young adults to get a good summer job this year.”

The job landscape is changing. Today, employers are hiring more part-time and temporary workers than in the past – and this is a trend that’s going to increase. In fact, according to a recent SAP and Oxford Economics report, 83 percent of executives said they plan to increase the use of temporary and consultant employees in the next three years.

For many, the future of work will look very different than it does today. Instead of sitting at a desk plugging away for a single employer, work will consist of several limited-time projects spread throughout the year for different employers.

Having a two to three month summer job lays a great foundation for this new work paradigm. In addition, the evolving job landscape requires a very specific set of skills, including multitasking and careful time management. This leads to the other benefit of a summer job.

Research has shown that taking a summer job helps reinforce the study and work habits that young adults need to succeed.



A 2010 study by the National Institutes of Health found that working during adolescence helps nurture the time-management skills that reinforce successful work and study habits.

Additionally, the study found that high school students who are not interested in continuing on to college benefit from summer employment by testing the job market and potentially finding their future career. And for at-risk high school students, having a summer job has been shown to decrease their likelihood of dropping out of school.

“I tell students ‘to go out and find your dreams,’ said Moran, “We try to place college students and graduates with jobs that align with their degree. For technical or high school students, we talk about, ‘where do you want to work, why does this interest you?’ We’re trying to do some job matching at a more customized level.”

If students really want proof of the benefits of a summer job, there’s one more person to ask: their teacher – who might be sitting right beside them as they wait for a summer job interview.

“There is a typical summer applicant,” said Moran, “18-year-olds that have just gotten out of school, college students on summer break, and school teachers.”

For many teachers, the income summer jobs provide is necessary to make ends meet or a way to save for vacation or something special. However, for others, a summer job is an exciting way to take a break, learn something new, and do something different.

“Teaching can be exhausting, mentally and physically,” said Moran, “Taking a new job for the summer gives teachers a welcome break from the classroom and can help invigorate them when they return to the classroom in the fall.”