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The Struggle for Summer Jobs

Selena Darlim

Posted on August 4, 2018 12:10

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Short-term employment seems increasingly scarce and that's a problem for students like me.

Things have been looking up for me in the past week. I've (finally) begun a new position after nearly two months of screening rounds, and last week, I secured a job helping out at a fair booth to make a little extra cash.

I'm exhausted. Thankfully, I only have to keep up this schedule for another week.

This is the first time I've been able to secure any short-term gig for any amount of money. My town already has enough dog walkers, and I'm no good at watching kids.

Generations ago, young adults like me could come home from college, find a simple, paid job to work for 3 or 4 months, then go back to school no questions asked.

Such is no longer the case. And with short-term gigs seemingly becoming scarcer, there is little opportunity to work for anyone shorter than six months.

Sure, I could remain mute about my plans to return to college in the fall and quit when the time has come. But why burn a bridge with an employer who may be willing to hire me again next year? Perhaps more importantly, why compromise my integrity?

Even when I've been upfront about my limited availability, there's never been space for me to return the following year. Turnover at student jobs is too high for that.

Fortunately for me, this is my last year of school. To all of the students out there with two or more years ahead of them, good luck.

Selena Darlim

Posted on August 4, 2018 12:10

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Source: NYT

Students working in a summer jobs program in Detroit.

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