(Closed) Which summer job?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Definitely Job 1.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

Personally I would take job 2 but I’m not a career minded person. To me it’s all about enjoying life outside of work while still being able to pay the bills. The way I see it you’ll have plenty of years of stressful long hours of teaching ahead of you so why not take the time now to enjoy your summer? I’m probably in the minority though as job 1 may boost your resume and make it easier to find a teaching job later.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

KitSnicket:  I would take job 2…but I highly value the quality of my life and sanity vs pay….

Post # 6
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Busy bee

KitSnicket:  I would choose job number 1. I like a challenge AND it will look really good on a resume for your future.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - City, State

BookTea:  totally agree!

OP, job 1 sounds INTENSE. Although I am bias because I find kids miserable and exhausting lol. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I still say Job #1 all the way. You say it’s “something directly related to my future career,” “a lot of responsibility” and “a meaningful job,” all of which would look great on a resume and make for great cover letter/interview talking points. Library positions at one’s own school tend to have a rather bad rep in many fields since they’re often seen as something that’s not difficult to get and as not being challenging. The skills you learn at Job #1 seem far more useful long-term than those in #2. I am all for taking jobs that push your limits and help you grow.

That being said, Job #2 definitely sounds like the safer, “funner” job if you just want to have a relaxing summer, so I guess that’s the choice you have to make.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

What are you overall career goals? Do you want to be a teacher, or do you want to be a librarian? It seems like job 1 would open more doors and would be more impressive on a resume that you were able to do all of that. Also, it’s great practice. You have to put in the sweat equity now for a bigger payoff later. But that’s just my two cents.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper

KitSnicket:  Good luck figuring it all out!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

KitSnicket:  Since you said summer employment won’t help or hurt your chances of getting a full time position after graduation, I would go with whichever job pays the most. I read your earlier post about the car situation. If financial independence from the inlaws is your primary goal right now, I would try to make as much money as possible this summer…. even if it meant waiting tables, bartending, whatever… For me freedom and independence from a toxic relationship would be a lot more valuable than a “fun summer”

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
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Job 1 for sure. You’ll make great contacts, learn a lot, and it will look great in your resume. It will give you a great chance to try different types of lesson plans before student teaching which will give you a leg up compared to others. 

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

KitSnicket:  I’m with Job 1. It has so much potential for challenges and looks interesting for a resume. 

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