We usually think of teachers being the only profession out of work for the summer, but what about all of the peripheral jobs related to education.
When I think of these jobs, I think of the food service workers, custodial workers, college students, etc who are out of work when school’s out. So what do you guys do with your 2-3 months of no K-12 or Higher Education time obligation (aka job)?
Hopefully, you’ve saved your duckets in the last 9 months to be able to 1.) PLAY. Winter’s fun, Autumn is beautiful, Spring is serene, but Summer is fun! It doesn’t get any better than summer in Chicago…except maybe summer in Hawaii or some other place you’ve never been. But this is Chicago examiner, so we can say Chicago is the best if we want to.
I’m a big proponent of active play, however, sometimes we just need to REST. Let’s include resting play in idea #1. So I guess we can say it’s 1b.) RESTING PLAY.
Learn about your city
If you didn’t save your duckets, you can certainly take the opportunity to 2.) LEARN ABOUT YOUR CITY. As we all know, Chicago has a host of historical and contemporary events, venues, places of interest, etc. If there ever was a time to learn about Chicago, it is the summer time.
Or how about, 3.) pick up a HOBBY. This could lead to a new skill OR new relationships, whatever your fancy this summer. Either way, hobbies hone interests and can lead to new healthy machinations or at least a more fun use of your time.
Summer time is the perfect time to 4.) get OUTDOORS. If you’ve never been an outdoorsy person, don’t worry, just get a guide. OR do an outdoor/indoor adventure – hiking during the day, hotel at night; or camping at night and shopping during the day. Either way, have some fun. Enjoy nature and be with the people you love.
or you could always 5.) VOLUNTEER. If you’ve read any of my past articles, you’d know I have a little something to say about the benefits of volunteer. While feeding the hungry and housing the homeless are noble causes, good summer volunteering opportunities exist with the children via summer camps and programs. Give it a try. Remember what it was like to be in summer camp. Go ahead, be nostalgic for band camp.
back to school
You could even could even volunteer, while you 6.) START or COMPLETE A CERTIFICATION program. This could, of course, lead to an even better job!
Start a blog
7.) START A BLOG. Whether you’ve never seen a blog, let alone started one, blogging can be a way to get your thoughts out (albeit publically), chronicle an adventure, or even connect with other people.