Lifeguard or Law Clerk?

How should you spend your summer break?

There are many factors you’ll need to consider to make the right choice as to how to best utilize your precious summer months. A good decision is critical as it can become a major advantage when you start to interview for your “real job” during your senior year.

Making the assumption that you’re going to attempt to make a few bucks over the break, you should consider your financial need as well as possible work options related to your field of study. You’ll also want to look at each potential job’s rate of pay, schedule requirements, work environment, and the opportunity for future employment it may provide.

Two good rules of thumb are:

1. If money is tight, do anything you can (legally) to maximize your earnings. If you want to go back to school and continue to pursue your dream, it’s the price you have to pay. No, cleaning up the Holiday Inn lounge at 6:00 a.m. each morning is not a particularly appealing thought, but remember why you are doing it (and that some people do it as a career, not just as a summer job).

2. If at all possible, try to do something related to your field of study. In doing so, you can get a wealth of learning that will be of great help to you in your future classes and on interview day. If you can financially manage to do so, I would recommend even settling for a lower rate of pay, if necessary, to spend the summer in a job related to your future career interest.

And remember, a great career after graduation is better than a good tan this summer.

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