How to Turn Your Summer Job into a Career: Part 2

Welcome back, loyal readers! I’ve had pretty good feedback from my last post, so thank you very much for the kind words!

My dad read it and ran into my room yelling, “See! Aren’t you glad I taught you to set the table?!” and then proceeded to walk away laughing hysterically.

Oye, what have I started? My apologies if your parents now force you scrub the toilet and claim it will help you become a billionaire CEO.

So, I promised you some more tips on how to transform your summer job into a career. To recap, Monday’s tips were:

  • Help out wherever you can; this can help prove your value as well as the fact that you can handle a higher position in your organization.
  • Go the extra mile: for example, offer to grab other people drinks or set up the boardroom neatly for meetings. It impresses both clients and coworkers.
  • Transition your summer job into a part-time job during the school year. You can work the full year, gain experience (maybe earn some extra cash) and you’ll be there for the next summer. Make sure to tell your boss you want to stay!

Those seem like some pretty easy tasks that you can do in your last summer weeks. Since you have 2-3 weeks left, you should still have enough time to implement the next 3 ideas if not, you can use them next summer and knock ‘em dead!

Contribute Socially

I got this idea when I was researching how to write a reference letter for our dear Nicole. I instantly thought how genius it was! What a great way to show initiative and leadership – plus it’s fun.

There are plenty of options of how to contribute. You can start a green committee to make your office environmentally friendly or maybe a social committee to create a strong and tightly knit team. Some social ideas I’ve come up with are:

  • Potluck;
  • Wine tasting;
  • Wii tournaments (I love working at a marketing firm: lounge, big screen TV and a wii!);
  • Lotto Pools; or
  • Sports teams.

This is a great way to have people get to know each other and improve morale. A friend of mine participates in a local volleyball league with all the local businesses and despite saying her team is the absolute worst, she says they have the most fun because they’re all friends just having fun and laughing!

Be careful about how you approach this. Talk to your coworkers and see how they feel about your ideas. You don’t want start an event that most people won’t want to participate in and make them feel excluded. Also you have to get approval from management and HR. Try to keep the costs to a minimum; otherwise your organization really won’t be into it.

Make your company money$$:

Let’s be honest here, to a company it’s ‘all about the Benjamins’ – or the Bordens for us colourful Canadians.

No matter how much your company loves you or how much loyalty you have, if they can’t afford you – you’re out. It’s cold and harsh, but that’s how business is! Just like the body, it has to protect all the vital organs to stay alive; a business will keep all the people they feel are absolutely vital. Interns really are just an excess cost (that’s why I previously suggested volunteering for free during the year).

I remember my boss told me on my first week that businesses saw me as just another cost. A person is only of real value if they make the company money. It’s a cold and callous truth, but also very motivating.

If you can put yourself out there and make the company some money, you suddenly become a valuable asset to the company. Again, be careful with this. I wasn’t even allowed to contact anybody when I was researching because I “sound like a junior”. Don’t start until you’ve been working at your job for a month or so, and make sure you tell your superior before you approach a prospective client.

If you’re really good, you can always ask for commission! Okay, that’s just a dream, but you could get asked to become a sales representative.

Connect with Clients

I never limited “turning your internship into a career” to staying with the same company. Remember, every single person that walks through that door is a potential employer. Make sure you are aware of your own interests and follow your career goals.

Another benefit to connecting with clients is that it creates a relationship which will increase their loyalty to both you and the organization which will generate more business for your company (remember, it’s all about the Bordens!)

These new contacts will also increase your network for any future plans you may have; they can help you find another job or become loyal to you alone and follow you wherever you may go!

Now, you’ve got 3 short weeks left until summer-fun times end. You have to make a lasting impression with your boss if you want to return for next summer to kickstart your career.

But in the mean time…

Get out there and enjoy the last rays of summer!!

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