While students tend to look forward to summer vacation for vacations, parties, and summer entertainment in general, many of them also use this time to earn money.
During the summer, students take advantage of this free time to work part-time or full-time and support themselves. According to the Louisiana Workforce Commission, the industries that have seen an influx of jobs since May of last year are the leisure and hospitality industries which have gained 46,700 jobs and the commerce, transportation and utilities industries which have. gained 19,000 jobs.
Jade Hurst, a sophomore art student, decided to work to save money for a pet kitten and pay the rent on her new apartment.
Hurst was able to find her current job, a saleswoman at Children’s Place, on a website called Indeed which allows anyone, but especially young adults, to search for a job.
“I was looking for jobs with flexible hours and employees my age. Jobs that involved retail or a source of creativity were important to me, ”said Hurst.
Many students have also found employment opportunities by searching locally.
Senior Education Major Dejuan “DJ” James works at the North Cypress Fitness Center in Hammond as a summer camp counselor.
“This is the third summer in a row that I have been a counselor, thanks to a leaflet my mother gave me in 2019 when I first heard about work and it helped me because it was not away from home, ”James said.
James thinks summer jobs are a great way to stay active during the summer and it also allows him to be a positive role model for children.
Lanie LeFranc, a second year elementary school student, resides in Welsh with her family when she is not at SLU. Welsh is about two hours from the Southeastern campus.
Even though she doesn’t live near campus, she was still able to find work opportunities in her area for the summer.
LeFranc got her summer babysitting job when she was referred by a family friend and worked at a local seafood restaurant in the past when she wasn’t babysitting.
Although she will not be continuing her babysitting in the fall, she will work as a tour guide for the Southeast Admissions office.
“I’m saving money so that I can have a good amount for the coming semester so that I don’t overwhelm myself with worrying about money,” LeFranc said when discussing his plans for his babysitting income. .
College expenses will arrive in the fall, and summer jobs save young mature students for those future payments.
Some of the often top ranked job search websites of 2021 are Indeed, Monster, and LinkedIn. For recent college graduates, Scouted can also be a great source.
The Career Services Office is an on-campus resource available to assist students in their career search. In August, Career Services will host a part-time job fair in the Student Union, where around 40 employers will provide employment opportunities for students from the South East.