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Summer Jobs Galore

May 22, 2014
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Many high schools are about to let out for the summer (if they aren’t already). What better way to end the school year than by having a job lined up for the summer?

Ok…so you might think that there are better ways to spend your summer, but don’t roll your eyes yet. Having a job or internship now will not only give you a few extra dollars of spending money, but it would also help prepare you for life after graduation.

There are a multitude of summer job options out there in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Labor provides career centers in a variety of locations to help counsel you while looking for a job. They also hold job fairs and other events bringing together countless employers looking for new hires.

You can also always have an internship or become a volunteer. Some places that offer great opportunities are the Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, libraries, humane societies, parks, summer camps or city, county and state governments.

If I haven't convinced you yet, here’s a quick list of benefits you can receive by working during the summer:

  • On-the-job training
  • Gaining experience in certain fields
  • Helping to tone your career path (by weeding out things you dislike)
  • Developing an extensive career network
  • Gaining school credit for some internships

However, be sure to keep in mind the Federal and State Child Labor Laws enforced in Georgia. For example, those working under the age of 18 need to have a work permit (only if you’re getting paid—you don’t need one if you’re volunteering). Also, keep in mind that if there’s a difference between the two levels (federal or state) the stricter law is usually the one enforced.

Be sure to check out the Department of Labor’s FAQ section for more information about child labor laws in Georgia.

Even the smallest/simplest of jobs can help tone a variety of skills that can be beneficial in college and/or outside of school. Why not take this opportunity to help advance your future?

About the Author

Bethany McDaniel is the Interactive Web Content Manager for GeorgiaGov. She graduated from Berry College in Rome, GA with degrees in Visual Communication and History.