Summer jobs during crisis: one supermarket job, fifty applicants

In Economy, Education & Science on July 3, 2009 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , , , ,

(c) Getty Images

(c) Getty Images

The economic crisis struck students. Last year there were thousands of summer part-time jobs to choose from. This year – almost nothing.

Last year agencies that seek part-time jobs for students had hundreds of “supermarket cashier” jobs and students didn’t want them because they had more lucrative offers. This year fifty students and more apply for one cashier job, the news server wrote. Most companies that DO need part-timers of course offer the jobs to people who have recently been laid off, or to children of their own employees, so they do not need personnel agencies to do the search.

If you ask me, I think that students for whom the summer money is not a matter of pure existence (i.e. those who only need the job to make money they want to spend on booze and hobbies) should go for unpaid two-month internship programs in companies in their future line of work (i.e. the major they study) — to get some experience.

Not many companies are going to want a fresh grad who has had no “practical experience” because he/she spent summers working as a supermarket cashier to make “money to spend recklessly”.

I worked two summers in between college years in a TV news department and it was the most valuable experience ever…


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