Post # 1
I’m a third grade teacher and I’m looking for a little summer job because even though I make full salary during the summer, I’m planning a wedding and trying to save up to buy a house so I need $$$ (and not to sit around on my booty all day). Last summer I didn’t work and it was fine, but I actually got a little bored and hello, I could have been making more $$$! I have 2 jobs lined up and I need to pick one. I’m unbelievably indecisive. Help me pick the better summer job:
- 7 weeks, 7:30 – 5:00 every day starting on June 23, ending on August 8
- 2 training days at a college (an hour commute both ways) on May 31 and June 1, with a flat rate of $54 each day (.____.)
- I’m teaching art (which is pretty fun)
- $550 a week, and if I did the math right, that breaks down to $12.41 an hour. Yikes. But I’d be roughly making $3800 pre-tax.
- They (the camp) love me so hard. So. Hard. I might make a friend! Other people my age for me to work with! (And also a ton of high schoolers and college kids who are impossible to work with for long periods of time)
- I will be exhausted. I did camp 2 years ago before I had my own classroom and It. Was. So. Much. Work. This is a better camp, which means there would be even MORE work. No time to do any professional development or work in my classroom in July.
- 3 weeks, July 21 – August 8, 8:00 – 12, plus two set up days (which are not full days)
- I’d teach math, language arts and a fun elective to second graders. It’s enrichment, not remedial or acceleration.
- I’d have an assistant teacher.
- It’s at a very prestigious independent school, so I’d make some good connections.
- I could return next summer and maybe do the 4 week session or both sessions.
- I have to write report cards, but they sound pretty short.
- Flat pay out of $1617, which if I did the math right, breaks down to $21.56 an hour
- Time to work out, wedding plan, work in my class, tutor, babysit, do professional development…
- I’d make less money in the entirety of summer, but I’d be paid higher and could pick up some babysitting…
Looking at these two choices, I think I know which one is better. But I feel bad because I verbally accepted the summer camp gig because it was before my summer school interview. Now I don’t know what to do. Need internet advice. Please and thank you!
Post # 2
bummmmmp. C’mon, folks, I need help deciding! I’m a Libra, I can’t make decisions…
Post # 3
I think you should take the 2nd job. Yeah summer camp people will be sad, but I’m sure they’d rather know ASAP so that they can hire someone else.
Post # 4
ohmariemarie: C. Neither. I’m bartending this summer. I make about 30$/hour and I don’t have to deal with kids or parents. I have a firm rule- no kids between July 4th and the first day of school.
Post # 5
ohmariemarie: Summer school teacher
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
ohmariemarie: I’d do the second. Cmon now – better hourly pay, more connections, less work… Apologize profusely to the camp and be done with it. And then work on the side / volunteer / join clubs / workout / etc the rest of the summer. Unless you are really into the camp scene, which does sound fun.
Post # 7
ohmariemarie: Depends on how much money you want to make total and how much time you want off. If you want to make more, go for option 1. If you want more time off, go for option 2.
My DH is going to teach summer school for 3 weeks and then is going to be an upmire on the weekends for a local baseball league. He will still get a 4 week vacation break….which is more than enough time for him (I am a little green with envy). I work at the same school, but work in administration, so I only get 50 days a year off, he gets like 80 days off. I can’t really complain, but I do 🙂
Post # 8
sarahalthea: That sounds awesome! If I was cute and capable of pouring more than a glass of wine, I would do that.
Post # 9
bmo88: Ugh, I know. It’s quite the dilema: more work, more money, more tired. less work, less tired, less money. As my fiance put it, “You’re like a lantern during the school year. I don’t want you to get burned out during the summer.”
Post # 10
I just started umpiring softball and baseball (mostly softball because it’s more fun) and I make 20-45 per hour depending on the games I choose. I choose only the games I want, how many I want, and on what nights I want. Bartending is great too. I did that for years in between political jobs and made killer money in only a few nights a week.
IMO, there are better choices out there that would give you good money while giving you some flexibility to still enjoy your summer.
Post # 11
tksjewelry: Hmm…if I was athletic/knew sports rules, that would be an option. Part-time jobs are hard to come by in my area (I’m in Nor Cal and things are really heavily impacted…)
Post # 12
I just signed up today to teach summer school too… that gets my vote!