In between my years at college, I worked a wide variety of summer jobs. I worked as a car detailer for an auto auction house, I swept floors in a hair salon, I worked security for an aerospace company, and I manned a cart in the middle of a popular mall. None of these jobs were especially glamourous or a good indicator of what I would do later in life as an adult (I worked in the film & TV world until I “retired” for self-employment four years ago), but they were decent jobs to have during the summer. Because I was doing some thinking about one of these jobs the other day, I decided to write up a post of some summer jobs I think would be pretty cool gigs for college students, whether for their fun aspect, money, or future employment opportunities. Here is what I came up with…
Think you have it good at your job? You might, but maybe not as good as some of these employees have it. (Then again, even having a job in this economy can be considered good – but I digress.) Fortune Magazine has released their annual Top 100 Employers To Work For List for 2010, and some of the companies on the list may surprise you (they did me, for sure). I remember back when I worked in the movie business and worked at Universal Studios in California, we were near the top of this list because of the solid perks, pay, and job security we had. Things have certainly changed due to different industries taking off and others faltering, but if you have a job at one of these Top 100 you probably have it pretty good right about now. So what kinds of things can put a company on this list? Let’s take a look at some of the perks that companies can provide which certainly help:
Looking for extra cash either because of the holidays or because of your underemployment? Look no further than these 21 “interesting” ways you can make money part time. After all, we all need a little excitement and diversity in our lives, right? Right?
- Compost all your kitchen scraps and sell it to gardeners.
- Become a medical guinea pig.
- Open up a pooper-scooper company.
- Sell your sperm.
- Marry someone for money.
- Sell your eggs.
- Sell ad space on your car.
- Deliver sex toys and props to those in “need” at night.
Considering ditching your current employer and looking for better pastures in the field of green tech? Now might be a good time to do so, according to CNN/Money. A recent article from them lists the best cities poised to do the best in clean, green tech, so if you live near one (or don’t mind moving) these would be the places to start looking for that new career. Here is the Top 5 from the list:
1. San Francisco — Oakland — San Jose, CA
2. Los Angeles — Riverside — Orange County, CA
This is definitely something that we here in the United States need to learn from. It’s not about how many hours a day you work, it’s about how well you work during the hours that you do work. For example, when Best Buy switched their work policy to judge performance on output instead of hours worked, efficiency skyrocketed for the company. This is something I learned a lot about when I used to travel to Europe for work several times a year – they really get just how important a work/life balance is. In this country we put in more hours than ever, and our efficiency is actually trending downwards. It’s not a healthy way for us to live, as it leads to more time away from home and more health problems. Is killing yourself at work really worth a few extra bucks? For me it’s not. From The Guardian: