Students make summer job plans in a stronger economy

by Caron Stephen – Horizon Staff Reporter

Its official, summer of 2014 is just around the corner and the general consensus for most students this summer is to work to make a few spending dollars come fall. For a handful, this means finding a new job again. But they’re in luck if they haven’t found one yet, according to a recent article in “Time.”

An April 2 Time Magazine article reports on a boosted economy and the resulting job outlook for the summer.
An April 2 Time Magazine article reports on a boosted economy and the resulting job outlook for the summer.

An article “Summer Jobs: Outlook Brightens, but Start Looking Now,” reports that employment for youths between the ages of 16 to 24 skyrocketed to 19.7million from 2.1million. It also says 74 percent of those places that are hiring plan to make summer hires. So those looking have a greater chance this year of finding employment than in recent years.

It gets better. The projected hourly wage for summer jobs this year is $10.39, per hour, a bump of 29 cents from the proposed federal minimum, which is not too shabby.

Several students like Nebiyou Bacore, a graduating RA, plan to do whatever they can to take advantage of the chance, even if it means working half a continent away.

“Yes you heard right,” he said. “I’ll be working close to 16 hours a day at the amusement park in Ocean City, Maryland.”

On the other hand there are some lucky students who get to travel this summer and see different places or return to familiar places. About 15 lucky students said they would be headed for the beach to spend some time there. Megan Cernek, another graduating sophomore, who will get the opportunity to head back to her home of Louisiana, after her aviation program is complete.

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