How to make the best of your summer job

Summer jobs provide us with much-needed spending money, but they can have drawbacks. While on the clock, many of us wish we were anywhere but at work and count the minutes until the end of our shifts.

Here are a few common reasons for feeling less than excited about your job, and what you can do about them.

If your boss is the problem…

Pretty much anyone who has ever worked can relate to the feeling that their boss is not the nicest person. If you feel that your boss is being unfair or rude, don’t be afraid to confront them about it.

As long as it’s done in a polite and professional way, you can usually solve the problem by drawing your boss’s attention to a situation in which they made you feel personally attacked.

We’re all human, so your boss may have a bad day and unintentionally took it out on you. This has happened to me a few times, and I’ve had to tell myself not take it personally.

But if you’re pretty sure your boss is just a total jerk, remember to keep your head up and not let it get to you. Unless it’s to the point where you feel personally attacked every time you show up to work — then you should probably quit.

If you feel that you’re not getting scheduled enough…

If you’re looking to get more hours, it’s important to show your boss that you are a reliable, efficient employee and you can handle the additional workload.

Communicate to them that you are willing to take on more work and ask if it would be possible to get a few more shifts a week. And even if it’s true, never mention that you could use more money.

If you just really hate the work that you do…

Let me be the first to say folding clothes is not how I would prefer to spend my time. Having a job in retail, or anything involving customer service, can be unbearable at times.

I think the only way to combat this is to put it in perspective and remind yourself that there are worse jobs than the one you have — like digging ditches or wiping elephant butts.


No matter what it is about your job that’s making you suffer, remember that a summer job only lasts about three months, and the end is near.

Keep in mind that for many college students, finding a summer job can be almost as difficult as capturing a unicorn, so be grateful that you’ve snagged one.

If all else fails, keep calm and look forward to payday.

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