Summer Jobs

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  1. waterfall

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    I have this dilemma every summer and end up just staying unemployed ;). I don't have any retail or waitress experience like most people do (I was a lifeguard in high school/college). I also just don't know of any job that will allow you the flexibility that I need. We're basically only off for about 9 weeks, and I always travel for at least two of those. I'm not interested in having a 2nd job during the school year, so I can't really build a relationship with some place that will give me the flexibility I want in the summer. Personally, I also wouldn't want to do anything education related (i.e Sylvan or other tutoring centers) for so little money. If I'm making that little, it better be a break from teaching.

    Summer school was perfect for me, but my district quit offering it many years ago and nearby districts don't hire "outsiders" for their summer school. It was $40 per hour and WAY less work and stress than the regular school year. Kids were only there 4 hours per day, 60 minutes of that was eating and recess (we served breakfast and lunch), and they gave you one hour of paid planning time per day. Additionally, most teachers were wise enough not to send kids with severe behaviors to summer school.

    I do have a teacher friend who works at Starbucks and really enjoys it. They seem like a nicer company to work for and you'd also be more likely to work with adults (rather than HS kids like a lot of summer jobs). She works year-round though. I don't know that they'd hire you just for the summer. You could always do what Bella said and not tell them your plan to quit in the fall, but obviously that only works for this summer as they're not going to hire you back next summer after that.
     
  2. futuremathsprof

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    1) Private tutor. That’s what I do and I make bank!

    2) Also, look into seeing if you can teach at a junior college if you have a Masters in your field. (I’m teaching one class three nights a week over the summer.)

    3) See if you can teach summer school at all. There are job postings for summer school on EDJOIN and elsewhere.

    This summer, I’m doing all three!
     
  3. YoungTeacherGuy

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    You’re still in your 20s, aren’t ya? Kudos to you for having all that energy and drive!
     
  4. futuremathsprof

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    Thanks! And yes, I just turned 26 not too long ago. Career wise, I am working my tail off to save up a down payment on a house in CA and to eliminate all of my consumer debt. I’m getting close to the finish line and the satisfaction increases when each previous balance hits zero.

    My efforts have benefited me tremendously. In fact, I am much further along in my life than most people because I make money my main concern. The vast majority of people I know are either in dire straights, barely able to make minimum payments on anything from their student loans to house payments, or severely underemployed because they are not as ambitious as I am. My employers laugh when they offer money to staff members for additional duties since they know I’ll be first in line. And because I’ve made money making my central priority, I have reaped the benefits by leaps and bounds and live extremely comfortably.

    You’ll see that I try to encourage others to make as much money as possible. It is the decision that makes the most fiscal sense to me. Sure, I have little time on my hands now, but over the next several years I’ll be able to buy a house outright and then my life will be smooth sailing thereafter. The opportunity cost is just something I can’t pass up and I’m nearing my ultimate destination — the upper class life.
     
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  5. Linguist92021

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    I've always said this and I' say it again :)
    Look up your county office of education (which also includes alternative ed) and see if they're looking for subs. They have at least one juvenile hall (maybe more if it's a bigger metropolitan area), and probably at least a few community / court schools. These are year round, at least juvenile hall is. However their teachers are on a regular contract so they always need subs for the summer.

    It's easy work, because you would have officer in the room (juvie might sound scary but I loved it and it was easy), and in the court schools they would have at least a TA, sometimes probation. It beats a $12 / hour job, great schedule, education related and you might even realize you love that demographics. What's even better if you stay on their sub list, you might be able to pick up additional days during winter break and next summer you don't have to look for a new job.

    I'm lucky because we can sub at our juvenile hall and we get our daily rate, not sub rate. This year I'll be working 10 days, so that's a half paycheck. It pays for all my summer fun.
     
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    These are really great ideas! Sound advice! :D

    Yay, summer fun! :)
     
  7. Ms.Holyoke

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    I will look into this! This does seem a little bit stressful to be honest but it is good to know they have a police officer. This might be something I consider for next summer because I am looking for work that won't take a whole day. (I have a dog that I want to take out during lunch.) I also had a stressful student teaching so I was looking for something a little bit more low stress.
     
  8. waterfall

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    I looked into this; I'm in a large metro area and there were no postings for anything like this in my area. I think you already have to be in their system (as in, working for the organization in some manner, or be a former employee) to sub. I can see how it would actually be easier than working in a traditional "inner city" school- if the kids even start screwing around, they're removed from the room. Not like regular school where you're stuck to deal with everything yourself.
     
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    You get into the system by applying to sub. Thy might not have sub postings right before summer, one might have to apply during the year. That's how I got into teaching alternative ed (6 years now), I just wanted to work through the summer, applied and got into the sub pool around April, and never left. well, after 5 months I got a year long contracted long sub job, then back to daily subbing, then changed districts to be a teacher. But I will never forget the feeling when I first stepped foot in an out door juvenile hall / probation camp facility. It changed everything for me.
     
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    So I just got a job at the Huntington that I applied to. The pay is $15 per hour. I think I'll take it and work about 15-20 hours a week.
     
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    I have been working at Huntington for a few weeks now and it has been alright. It is super easy and they do not require any lesson planning. I am shocked by how little teaching is required though--especially because you need a teaching degree to work there. Basically all you do is assign a worksheet, correct it, re-test, and repeat. I literally had one student where all we did was pre-tests the entire time and there was no teaching! I honestly can't believe parents are paying so much for it.
     
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    Don’t ever complain about easy money, haha!
     
  13. Ms.Holyoke

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    Although I have still not received a paycheck...sigh.

    Apparently they did not pay everyone this week. When I called the director, I left a message. He said "I got your message; I'm taking care of it" and no other information. I also said I didn't get paid from the PREVIOUS pay period and he said he would note it down and take care of it. It is super frustrating and I just want to make sure I get paid. I hate how they don't reply to my emails or phone calls about this until I ask. I'm wondering if I should email AGAIN tomorrow if I don't get a satisfactory response--especially documenting that I missed a paycheck from the first pay period. I won't work here another summer but it's a frustrating situation right now.
     
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    How is it legal to not pay workers on their pay days?! I would make a huge stink if I was not paid the money I worked for.
     
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    I'm not sure! He said he is working on the issue but I do not have a timeline. A coworker told me that it did not go through. I think I will ask about my paycheck from my last pay cycle tomorrow again. I'm missing 2 paychecks!!
     
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    I remember working for a tutoring company, which I won't name, before I started establishing my own base of clients to tutor privately. I frequently had to awkwardly ask them for my paycheck because they did not have their stuff together. Never again will I work for a company. Pay was much worse, and irregular.
     
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    I was thinking that it could be a situation like this. But I talked to another coworker who said that he had no trouble getting paid on time until now. My main issue is that I completed training a while ago that was in another pay period that others got paid for and I didn't. I realize that I should have checked this earlier but I just assumed I would get a direct deposit on time.
     

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