A big bonus to becoming a teacher is the fact that things slow down in the summer. But sometimes it can get a little too slow and you may be itching to get out there and make some extra cash while waiting on school to get back in session.
So, what jobs make the most sense for teachers? These jobs obviously have to be seasonal and should play on your strengths. Here are our top 4 summer jobs for teachers:
1) Tutoring/Summer School - You’re an expert at teaching, so why stop when the school year gets out? Many schools and private tutoring organizations will be looking for teachers to fill their summer positions. In addition, you can also find local families looking for tutors so their children keep all the information fresh and start preparing for the next year.
2) Camp Staff - You’re already great with kids and are a nurturing person, so think about all of the different summer camps who could use your expertise. If you’re a big outdoorsy person, then you should look into away camps where you can get paid to teach and hang out in nature all summer. If you’re looking for less of a commitment, a summer day camp would be a great fit. You can spend the day helping children, teaching and you’ll still have evenings available to enjoy the nice weather.
3) Child Care - This one is a no-brainer. Your experience as a teacher will make you very desirable as a child care provider. Whether it’s with an actual day care or at a private residence, parents will appreciate your background and will look to you as the expert in watching their children throughout the day. Plus, this could give you the chance to test out some of your classroom ideas!
4) Restaurants - Not only are restaurants looking to hire more staff for the summer, you could really make a lot of money in tips! Restaurants will give you the ability to have a flexible schedule and could become a reliable source of income during other school breaks. Just make sure you let your employer know that you would be interested in coming back when school is not in session.
5) Retail - Teacher discounts are awesome, but have you thought about employee discounts? Think about your favorite stores and check to see if they are looking for some extra help for the summer. Also, just like restaurant jobs, these positions will be open during the holiday season when some extra cash could really come in handy.
Pop quiz! What movie is this quote from? “I love seeing teachers outside of school. It’s like seeing a dog walk on its hind legs.”