You’re driven when it comes to getting a head start on your career. But what do you do when you’re forced to work in a summer job that’s not related to your college major? First, don’t worry. You’re not alone. Second, you can get some great experience, no matter what job you end up getting this summer. Here’s how to get the most out of your summer job (even if it’s not in your field).

1. Build a relationship with your boss.

When you graduate from college and start applying to jobs, you’re going to have to present professional references at some point. If you have a good relationship with your boss during your summer job, you can list him or her as a professional reference down the line.

2. Keep track of your accomplishments.

During your summer job, keep a running list of quantifiable accomplishments that you can add to your resume. Think about your biggest projects. What were the results? What skills did you use? It’s easier to keep a running list while you’re doing everything rather than try to remember everything later!

3. Use it as a networking opportunity.

If you’re working with other people during your summer job, make an effort to get to know them and build relationships. You never know where they’ll end up going after this job, and they might be someone you want in your network. Plus, it’s more fun going to work when you have a good relationship with the people around you!

This summer, don’t just check out when it comes to working. Use it to your advantage! If you use these tips, you’ll be able to get the most out of your summer job as you possibly can, which will set you up for an easier job search after college.

About the Author

Ariella Coombs

Over the last 4 years, Ariella has been creating fun, yet educational blog posts and videos to help professionals build the career lifestyle they want. Her work has been featured in 12+ online publications, including TeenVogue, Business Insider, H&R Block, USA TODAY College, and more. One day, she hopes to host my own TV or web show for career-minded millennials.

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