Why a Summer Job?
Teaching jobs during the summer are great opportunities for new teachers. The pay may not be great but the experience adds to your practice teaching skills in college and plumps up your resume in the experience department. There's also the possibility that a summer teaching job can open doors of opportunities for you in the teaching career if you impress your employers.
You can also get jobs teaching pre-school children in a local day care center. Or you can start tutorials at home or hire out your services as a private tutor to school children who have missed lessons in the last school year. Tutoring does not take an entire day but an hour for each student. You have the option to have two students in an hour if they need the same tutorial and pay is good for two.
A summer job for new teachers is also a possibility to get a teaching position in summer camps in the locality or in another state or even abroad. This is a full-time job but you can still call it a working vacation.
After the summer break, you have something to add to your resume to qualify in the experience requirement. Prospective employers are impressed with a long list of related work activities and judging from the teaching-related posts you had before graduation, employees can see that you are no slouch. Your work experience as a summer camp teaching aide or private tutor gives you an edge over candidates who just have their practice teaching.
Where the Summer Teaching Jobs are
Summer brings to mind summer camps for young children, pre-teens, and teens. If you are into specialized teaching geared towards young children, seek teaching posts in summer camps. These camps are not sleep away camps so you have time for yourself later in the day. Sleep-in camps are more demanding and also stressful but the experience can give you the training needed in a real school environment.
Other jobs in teaching available include hiring out your services as a test writer or going abroad to teach the English language. A number of countries invite English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers during the summer. The contract can be extended to a year to give you enough time to learn and appreciate the culture of other countries.
The local community college is another site for summer jobs teaching. However the posts will require a Masters degree. Seek out other opportunities as a teacher-aide for the duration of the summer or assist in rewriting test questions. The latter also gives teeth to your work experience. Go around the District for summer teaching posts; as a fresh graduate don't be picky with the teaching related jobs available. Think of these jobs as breaks to better prospects and the positive references you earn are valuable.
If you don't want to go anywhere for the summer, check out the internet for essay writing or math tutorials, or whatever your specialization is. Be ready to give a 20 minute sample tutorial or prepare a tutorial video that also outlines your schedule and fees for customized or group tutorials. Have the necessary communication tools such as Skype and lessons plans for different tutorial levels. The preparations prepare you professionally as an online tutor.
If you are lucky, you might land a good paying jobs teaching the neighborhood youths. You can also volunteer your services to hone your teaching skills, if you want challenging posts in the future. Teaching is not a one-way traffic; it requires great interpersonal skills to teach well.
Applicants for education jobs here and abroad are screened for the positions. Candidates must be qualified, dynamic and dedicated, and physically fit. If a job teaching English in France, Italy, Spain, or Greece is what you want, be ready to with all the requirements. The same rigorous requirements are also demanded in local teaching jobs. Before summer rolls in, start hunting for teaching positions before these are all filled out.