Best Summer Gigs for Older Workers
With gas at tear-jerking prices and the economy still struggling, many Americans are working harder than ever to make ends
With gas at tear-jerking prices and the economy still struggling, many Americans are working harder than ever to make ends meet. If you’re not unemployed, chances are you may have still considered taking on a second job. According to SmartMoney.com, this summer will see many older adults vying for seasonal gigs that were once thought to be the exclusive vocations of teens and college students.
In its article “Best Summer Jobs for Adults,” SmartMoney.com reports that one in ten hiring managers plans to hire more seasonal staff this summer than last – almost double the percentage from last year, marking the best hiring forecast since 2007. More surprisingly, it’s older workers who are likely to fill summer’s coveted positions, because companies are now placing a higher value on experience.
While seasonal work isn’t a viable long-term solution to the employment problems faced by older Americans, the benefits make them appealing. Summer jobs offer a way to keep busy, the opportunity to stay connected socially, and a chance to learn new skills.
Where the Jobs Are
Tourism and Hospitality: Tour guides for historical homes and landmarks, particularly in tourist towns. Over the summer, areas that get a lot of summer travelers such as Western Europe and Australia will seek additional staff.
Overseas Education: Summer education programs for high school students will likely seek instructors, program directors, and program coordinators.
The Great Wide Open: Dude ranches, golf courses, and country clubs may all be worth looking into if you are seeking seasonal work.
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