One tangible way to start your career is through part-time, school year, or summer work. Such work builds your resume and lets you test the waters in your new field. They can provide steady income, a chance to network, and invaluable experience while you continue to look for full-time employment in the future. They can also give you exposure to fields you might not get to explore otherwise.
Don’t turn down a job because it doesn’t have the fancy title that you expected. Everyone has to start somewhere and every position you have on your resume makes a difference. No matter what the position, there are always skills to take away that will boost your employability. Never shy away from temporary or part-time employment. If you’re good enough, it just might turn into a full-time arrangement in the future.
Finding a successful summer job includes using the following strategies. Remember that it is important to start early – The Time Is Now!
When should I begin preparing?: October – December
When should I begin applying?: January – March
What if I haven’t started?: Don’t panic… some employers are still finalizing their summer hiring needs
Before you begin, know what you are looking for and be able to communicate this.
See our list of Job Search Sites
Some examples include:
Marketing & Advertising
- Trojan: Various Summer Roles
- Kraft Canada: Sales Internship
- McClaren McCann: Various Internships
- Amazon.com: Software Development Intern
- Ontario Power Generation: Various Summer Roles
- IBM: Various Summer Internships
- Higher Education Council of Ontario: Research Intern
- Performance Plants Inc: Research Assistants
- Ellis Don Corporation: Quality Assurance, R&D Intern
- Towers Watson: Seasonal Compensation Analyst
- Fidelity Investments Canada: Sales Analyst
- Barrick Gold Corporation: Treasury Analyst
- General Electric: Various summer internships
- Bain & Company: Associate Consultant Intern Program
- Procter & Gamble: Engineering Interns
“Relax, There are more than five banks, four accounting firms and six retailers in Canada”
- Peter Chow, Western Alumni 2013