Being a couch potato during your summer vacations will do little for you! Instead, use your time doing something more productive. For most of us, our first vacation jobs are at a family set-up or at a friend’s parent’s office. Here is a list of jobs you can pursue on your own or by assisting a professional.
FOR STUDENTS OF CLASS 8
VOLUNTEERING AT NGOS
There are many non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that look for volunteers. You can utilise your time to volunteer at any organisation that suits your forte. For example, if you like taking care of dogs or other animals, you can contribute your time to Welfare of Stray Dogs (WSD) or Animals Matter to Me Mumbai (AMTMM). Some organisations may offer a stipend while some will not. Volunteering for an NGO will take just a few hours of your day and will give you a chance to interact with people and make an impact.
Get your own gardening tool kit and become a gardener. You can start with caring for your neighbours’ gardens, trimming dried leaves and watering plants whenever necessary. This summer job will fetch you a good amount of knowledge and will also be a fun activity. You can also ask one of your friends to join in and work with you.
Take up dog-walking as a summer job if you enjoy the company of dogs and also want to improve your fitness levels. This job doesn’t require an entire day and can be done either in the morning or evening.
FOR STUDENTS OF CLASS 9
ASSISTING AN INTERIOR DECORATOR
Interior decorating is an exciting career that is in growing demand. If you enjoy creative work and have a knack for colours and combinations, this might be the right summer job for you. You will need to start at the basic level, helping an interior decorator with errands and purchases, but that's a start! This is a very exciting job where you may be able to earn a small amount but will definitely learn a lot about this career.
Getting the perfect frame is not always easy but if you are dedicated to getting it right, you can always find an interesting moment to capture. If you have a passion for photography, you can join a photography workshop, teach yourself photography through books and websites or assist a professional photographer. It’s a fun job and involves a lot of adventure depending on the type of photography you choose—fashion, nature, wedding, travel or food.
INTERNING IN A RESTAURANT
Interning in restaurants is fun but can also be very hectic as restaurants are busy throughout the week, especially on weekends. You may not be allowed to work in the front of the restaurant but paper work and helping the chef are options you can try out.
FOR STUDENTS OF CLASS 10
Tutoring is a great way to help out younger students. You can tutor students in your neighbourhood by helping them out in subjects that you’re comfortable with. You could also teach crafts or conduct creative classes for them. This job requires a lot of responsibility and is a great experience. Make sure to put up a notice outside your house to create awareness about the classes you are offering.
WORK WITH A NEWSPAPER OR A WEBSITE
If you’re good at writing, you can intern with a newspaper or a website where you can write articles or do basic reporting. Other than this, you can also assist the designing team and give your ideas for page layouts and designs.
SET UP YOUR OWN BUSINESS
If you’re good at cooking, baking, hand-made crafts or anything which can be done at home, use it as an idea for starting your own business. You can make products from home and advertise them through your social group and family. Price your products reasonably to attract customers and market them by uploading pictures on your blog or on Facebook for a greater impact.
And remember that while you may not earn a lot of money from these jobs, you will definitely get a whole lot of experience.