How To Stay Motivated At Your Summer Job

By Ashley Paskill on July 19, 2021

While some students choose to take summers off to relax between the spring and fall semesters, many decide that they want to make some extra money to help pay for their education and other living expenses. However, it can be difficult to hold motivation when friends and classmates are posting pictures of their dreamy vacations and sharing the updates of all the Netflix they have been able to watch. It can be tempting to just quit and do the same, but there are things you can do to stay motivated while working your summer job.

Bring home the money

One of the biggest reasons why students decide on a summer job is to make some extra money. You likely have a reason for wanting the money, whether it is to pay off tuition and books, live in an off-campus apartment, or even just not have to rely on your family as much for your expenses. Whatever the reason, keeping this in mind as you are working. Maybe you are working to lower your student loan amount, which will make things easier once you graduate. You might have an item or a trip that you are saving for that will be rewarding once you have the money for it. Whatever your motivator is, saving and earning money now will bring you joy and peace of mind later.

Career growth

You may have a job that is in your field, or it could be in a completely different field. Either way, having a summer job is giving you experience that will help in your career. You are learning communication, time management, and teamwork, all of which are crucial in every field. All of these things look great on a resume, even if the position is not in your field. When you graduate, you will already have job experience so you will have the advantage over those who opted to take the summer off.

Meet new people

Whether your job is in your field or not, you will still be meeting new people and making new connections that may lead to something in your field. At the very least, you will be meeting people who are just as motivated for working over the summer and getting ahead as you are. These are people who are in the same position you are and will be able to commiserate with having to work when friends are off having fun.

Job perks

When you work at a job, it is likely that you will get some perks along with your paycheck. You may get some paid time off. If you work in a restaurant, you may get a free meal when you have a shift or a discount on your food when you go when you are off. Those who work retail may get a discount on what you want to buy. Working in an office will likely get you free coffee. While the paycheck may be rewarding enough, the perks tend to be more immediate and you may be able to use it, especially if your paycheck is going mostly to bills, savings, and other expenses.

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Giving back

Whether you are working a job that allows you to make a difference or are volunteering, try to see how your job allows you to give back to your community. This is especially true if you are volunteering and do not get paid. If you are working retail, particularly at a grocery store, you are making sure people are able to get things they need during a pandemic, which is crucial. Think about why you are volunteering at the particular organization that you signed up for. It is likely a cause that means a lot to you and that you want to help. You are using your skills to make a difference in the community. Not only that, but volunteering looks really good on a resume as it shows that you care about things beyond school and your job. No matter what your job is, there is always an opportunity to put a smile on someone’s face and make their day a little better, which can brighten your day in return.

Set goals

It is next to impossible to stay motivated at work if you do not have any clear goals for your job. Whether the goal is performance-based or is simply to build relationships with your coworkers and clients, having a goal to work towards will give you a sense of purpose and something to work towards while you are at work. Just make sure that the goal is something you actually want to accomplish, as working towards something you do not want to do will cause you to lose motivation quickly.

Working a summer job can be difficult, especially if you are seeing your friends and classmates having fun and relaxing, but working will allow you to have an advantage when it comes to the job search post-graduation.

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