If you’re a teenager or a college student, it might be tempting to kick back and relax during the summer. Or, maybe it’s the only time you can plan adventures with friends and family. As the legendary Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys perfectly put it, “Summer means happy times and good sunshine. It means going to the beach, going to Disneyland, having fun.”

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I believe there is some truth to that sentiment. But landing a summer job can provide valuable life experience. Personally, when I got a summer gig when I was 13, that helped me set a budget in order to reach a goal. In my case, it was saving $500 for a guitar.

However, even just looking for a summer job can help develop interview skills and coping with rejection. If you do get a job, you’ll learn new skills and talents. You’ll also be pushed out of your comfort zone. And, you’ll develop self-confidence.

Oh yeah. People are getting paid more because of the labor shortage.

“One of the reasons teens are flocking to the labor market is because this labor shortage has driven up wages at the bottom,” Julia Pollak, chief economist at ZipRecruiter, told Insider. “And it has driven them up particularly in these kinds of industries, these face-to-face industries like leisure and hospitality, where many workers left because of COVID risks.”

All in all, the following summer jobs are ideal for anyone looking for high paying extra income over the summer, regardless of experience level.

1. Golf caddy.

In general, most people who regularly golf are older, affluent, and just looking to have fun. As a teenager, caddying at tournament games or at a private club is an awesome way to make money. When you’re friendly and a good caddy, you can make some pretty generous tips.

Forbes estimates that golf caddies earn between $100 and $120 per 18 holes. That equates to roughly $20 to $30 per hour! That’s some serious dough for a summer job.

2. Landscaping.

Lawn care, such as mowing is just one aspect of landscaping. Other services include gardening, planting trees and shrubs, and even lawn aeration. This summer, you may be able to start your own lawn service business if you have experience and access to lawn equipment.

If not, look for a job at a landscaping company. Currently, landscapers usually make $14.67 per hour.

3. Lifeguard.

When it comes to local pools, summer is when they are busiest. Therefore, lifeguard jobs are one of the best and most widely available summer employment options.

Just note that you must first receive your lifeguard certification and complete CPR training. In any case, this may be a great opportunity for teens and college students looking for extra income this summer.

And, according to Indeed, the average salary for a lifeguard is $14.33 per hour in the United States.

4. Referee/umpire.

Teenagers are often hired as referees and umpires in local youth leagues

There are plenty of opportunities to find recruitment across Mid Devon, and people have been finding out where at a Job Fair at Tiverton Pannier Market. Reporter, Lewis Clarke , headed down to find out the companies who were promotion employment locally, and what they have on offer.

Adoptstar are an advertising agency based in Cullompton, offering services ranging from online advertising, websites, SEO, print, creative, data and tech.

Theresa Benson from the company said: “At the Job Fair we were looking to raise the awareness of our company as we are growing extremely quickly and have five vacancies currently.

“We always employ for attitude rather than qualifications. This makes the job market a bit easier for us as we can train people in our industry.”

Currently they have TechOps executive role, for somebody with good knowledge of JavaScript, and four apprentice vacancies.

“The apprenticeship roles are taught from the ground upwards, so no experience is necessary,” Theresa said. “We offer lots of perks from private medical insurance, nerf gun wars, bonus schemes, flexible working hours / location, chill room with arcade games & plenty of paid company events.”

Find out more by visiting https://adopstar.peoplehr.net/

Tiverton Jobs Fair – Adopstar

Apex Race Centre and Steamer Coffee Kitchen is a new business which is launching in July. They are based between Willand and Cullompton and will offer a café and virtual race centre.

Dominic Palfreman who owns the business said: “We are two things under one roof; primarily we’re a coffee house and kitchen called the Steamer where we sell locally sourced food, with paninis and flapjacks and cakes. We also serve really good coffee which comes from Cullompton.

“It’s all local, and the thing that comes from furthest away is scones for our cream teas from Dawlish because they are sublime.

“Also, under the same roof, we have the Apex Race Centre which is a separate room, all soundproofed with state of the art equipment that Formula One drivers use off-season to practice their racing. It’s hyper-realistic with three 43inch screens, full haptic feedback and the closest thing you can get to being on a racetrack without being on a track.”

He added: “Because we’re brand new, we obviously need our core staff. We are looking for people that want to be a part of this new venture and want to be a part of creating our culture and keep the customers coming back for more. our processes good and those customers coming back for more.

“We’re looking for baristas, supervisors, assistant managers and also someone to manage the racing, which we’re calling a virtual race marshal, which is an excellent job title.

“For anyone who wants to find out more head to social media, either Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and look for Apex Race Centre or Steamer Coffee Kitchen.”

Mollie Jermy and Dominic Palfreman from Apex Race Centre and Steamer Coffee House and Kitchen

Avon Cosmetics are looking for people across the region to help sell products either via traditional

America’s employers extended a streak of robust hiring in March, adding 431,000 jobs in a sign of the economy’s resilience in the face of a still-destructive pandemic, Russia’s war against Ukraine and the highest inflation in 40 years.

The government’s report Friday showed that last month’s job growth helped shrink the unemployment rate to 3.6%. That’s the lowest rate since the pandemic erupted two years ago and just above the half-century low of 3.5% that was reached two years ago.

Despite the inflation surge, persistent supply bottlenecks, damage from COVID-19 and now a war in Europe, employers have added at least 400,000 jobs for 11 straight months. In its report, the government also sharply revised up its estimate of hiring in January and February by a combined 95,000 jobs.

The job growth in March, though solid, was the lowest since September and slightly below what economists had expected. Still, Vincent Reinhart, chief economist at Dreyfus and Mellon, said the numbers show that “the U.S. economy continues to have underlying momentum and that firms are taking workers when they can.″

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The March report sketched a bright picture of the job market, with steady hiring and rising wages. Average hourly pay has risen a strong 5.6% over the past 12 months, welcome news for employees across the economy. For leisure and hospitality workers, including people who work in hotels, restaurants and bars, average pay has jumped 11.8% from a year earlier — “a clear sign that employers are desperate for staff,” said Saru Jayaraman, president of One Fair Wage, which advocates for better pay and conditions for service employees.

For most workers, though, pay raises aren’t keeping up with the spike in inflation that has put the Federal Reserve on track to raise rates multiple times, perhaps aggressively, in the coming months. Those rate hikes will result in costlier loans for many consumers and businesses. In the meantime, worker pay raises, a response in many cases to labor shortages, are themselves feeding the economy’s inflation pressures.

The steady job growth has failed to buoy President Joe Biden’s flagging popularity, with the gains overshadowed in the public’s mind by chronically high inflation. With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine driving oil and gasoline prices higher, Biden has announced plans to release a million barrels of oil daily from the U.S. strategic reserve for the next six months.

Since the pandemic struck in 2020, many Americans have remained on the sidelines of the job market, a trend that has contributed to the worker shortage in many industries. But in an encouraging sign for the economy, 418,000 people began looking for a job in March, and many found one. Over the past year, 3.8 million people have rejoined the labor force, meaning they now either have a job or are looking for one.

Across the economy, hiring gains were widespread last month. Restaurants and bars added 61,000 jobs, retailers 49,000, manufacturers 38,000 and hotels 25,000. Construction

The US economy had a record 10.9 million job openings on the last day of July, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said on Wednesday.

Jobs, jobs, everywhere.

That’s what the latest snapshot of the United States labour market is telling us. The world’s largest economy had a record 10.9 million job openings on the last day of July, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) said on Wednesday. That marked an increase of 749,000 job openings from the previous month – which was also a record.

In a sign of how confident people feel about their employment prospects, some four million Americans quit their jobs in July – roughly level pegging with the previous month.

While that may be awesome news for workers pounding the pavements in search of gainful employment, it is not necessarily great for the economy as a whole.

Why? Because jobs are only created when someone is actually hired. And robust jobs creation is the hallmark of a robust economic recovery.

In August, the US economy added 235,000 jobs – a bitter disappointment that marked the slowest pace of monthly non-farm payrolls added since January.

The economy is still 5.3 million jobs shy of regaining its pre-pandemic level from February 2020. And that shortfall doesn’t even account for growth in the economy or labour force since then, which means the hole is even deeper than the number suggests.

The Delta drag

Many analysts primarily blamed the slowing pace of jobs creation in August on a surge in COVID-19 infections linked to the Delta variant of the coronavirus. As evidence, they pointed to the sharp slowdown of new jobs added in the leisure and hospitality sector – hotels, restaurants and other businesses that engage in face-to-face customer services.

Leisure and hospitality businesses have reported difficulties hiring enough workers over the summer. Some analysts attribute the number of jobs going begging to businesses opening en masse and all vying for the same workers. Other possible reasons cited include an ongoing lack of childcare options, older workers opting to retire early, fear of contracting COVID-19 and enhanced federal jobless benefits giving unemployed workers more breathing room to switch up how they make a living.

Federal job benefits, including the sometimes controversial $300-a-week federal top-up to state unemployment benefits, expired this week. That will put to the test claims by politicians and others that federal unemployment benefits were the primary culprit keeping jobless workers on the sidelines.

Looking ahead

While COVID-19 infections are weighing on the US recovery, along with bottlenecks for raw materials and labour, the nation’s economic recovery is still on track.

Many analysts, though, are lowering their outlook for economic growth.

“Signs that Covid infections may be cresting should prevent the labor market recovery from going into reverse and ensure that consumer spending maintains moderate momentum into 2022,” Gregory Daco, chief US economist at Oxford Economics, wrote in a note on Wednesday. He added that his firm has trimmed its 2021 gross domestic product growth forecast by 0.6

It might sound like rest and relaxation, but for Saige Treiman, it’s work. In fact, she’s made a career out of the hospitality industry and has never looked back.

“It’s super fun,” she explains. “It’s just the connections. The connections are phenomenal. There are so many people in this world and it gives you the best opportunity to meet even more people.”

But this year, all Treiman has met are setbacks.

“I was laid off…laid off from a couple of different jobs.”

Treiman is one of many Arizona tourism workers off the job in 2020, but as resorts continue to rebound, they’re needing to hire more and more workers.

According to the Arizona Office of Tourism, 2021 job openings are up 11% from 2020, but still not quite where they were in 2019.

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“Just like everyone, the pandemic has really kind of changed the direction and created some challenges like we’ve never had before,” says Denise Seomin with the Phoenician Resort.

The Phoenician is gearing up for more group travel this fall and the upcoming holidays, so they’ve hosted two hiring events in recent months, where, in one place, you can apply, interview, get drug tested and if all goes well, get a job offer.

The Phoenician is even offering a $500 sign-on bonus for people who get hired at the event. It is one of many resorts getting creative to lure more people back.

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According to a survey the Washington Post conducted earlier this summer, about 1 in 5 workers in the U.S. considered changing their profession during the COVID-19 pandemic. The number was higher for people under 40 — one-third of them have thought about changing their career since the pandemic began. 

The pandemic has shifted our priorities and made us reassess what we truly want. For some people, that has meant pursuing more meaningful work. For others, it’s meant looking for a job with higher pay or more flexibility. And for those in service and retail work, it could mean looking for a job that offers stability during the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

At 9 a.m. on Thursday, MPR host Angela Davis explores the reasons behind this trend and what it’s like to start a new career during these unprecedented times. 

We want to hear from our listeners. Has the last year and a half caused you to reassess your job? Have you made a career change during the pandemic? What do you want to know about making a professional change? Call us at 651-227-6000 during the 9 a.m. hour or tweet @AngelaDavisMPR.


  • Kate Schaefers is the Executive Director of the University of Minnesota Advanced Careers Initiative Life Course Center. She coaches professionals who are transitioning into new jobs and careers. 

  • Wendy Williams is the former second flute with the Minnesota Orchestra. She is currently on medical leave and moving into a new career as a wellness coach and grief and loss specialist.

  • Kat Coats is a former bartender. She is now a welding student at Minneapolis Community Technical College.   

  • Meg Steuer is finishing her last week as the director of platform for Forge North. She’ll be taking off a few months to travel.

  • Joe Horton is a Minneapolis artist and musician. He is the co-founder of the creative studio FIX.

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When the vaccines for Covid-19 became widely available this spring, there was widespread optimism that the pandemic would wind down quickly and the economy would spring back to full strength. No such luck. The highly contagious Delta variant of the virus, which is causing a serious wave of infections and hospitalizations, is doing substantial damage to the economic recovery.
This was clear in the August employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. After adding close to 1 million jobs in both June and July, businesses added fewer than a quarter million jobs last month. That’s not bad in typical times, but not good when the economy is still down over 5 million jobs from before the pandemic.
The dramatic comedown in job growth was driven by businesses that either closed or lost sales due to the virus. Almost half a million more people were unable to work last month because the pandemic forced their employers to scale back. The biggest hit was to restaurants and bars, which had added close to 300,000 jobs in July but were then forced to cut payrolls in August. Hotels added workers, though barely, and recreational activities, which include everything from baseball games to Broadway, pulled way back on added jobs from previous months.
The Delta variant has also caused many businesses to delay requiring workers to return to their offices, which also hinders the economic recovery. Not long ago, many businesses were targeting this return for after Labor Day, but the beginning of 2022 now appears more likely. This is a blow to retailers and the service industry that cater to office workers, and it’s thus not surprising that transit-related jobs fell last month. Airlines continue to bring back workers, but they won’t be able to do so much longer if air travel continues to wane as it has in recent weeks. Nervous travelers are suddenly more cautious, and governments are reimposing travel restrictions.
Delta is further scrambling global supply chains, disrupting homebuilders, who are grappling with shortages of everything from lumber to appliances. Housing demand is booming, but builders can’t put up homes any faster for lack of materials. Jobs in vehicle manufacturing and at dealerships are stuck as the industry can’t get the semiconductors it needs to make cars and trucks. Vehicle sales have flagged, but not because people don’t want to buy. They do. There are just so few cars to buy that vehicle prices have gone parabolic.
Global supply chain issues have caused prices to jump for many goods, and while this will not persist, Delta ensures the higher prices will eat away at our purchasing power and spending for longer, costing us jobs. Just a few weeks ago, China shut down a key terminal at a major port after Delta had infected a dock worker. The cost of shipping a container on different East-West routes, which at this time of year will be filled with Christmas goods, is up 360% from a year ago.
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Thousands of Indians are travelling to the UAE after flight restrictions into the country eased for residents and visitors.

Many have been reunited with family after six months apart following a travel ban announced in April to stem the spread of Covid-19.

It has been an emotional return to a country they call home.

For many, it is a fresh start as they find new jobs.

Travel agents have said thousands more will return over the next month as residents continue to wait for the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship or the General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs to approve their entry to the Emirates.

Fresh start with a new job

For Biswarup Das, it was an emotional homecoming. On Sunday, he travelled from Kolkata to Dubai and he hopes to rebuild his life.

The engineer, 42, was working in the petrochemical industry until December when he was let go. He returned to India in February.

He found a new job in April, but grew anxious when regular passenger flights from India to the UAE were suspended.

“We have faced a lot because of corona. Companies reduced manpower and cut salaries,” he said.

Mr Das is thankful for the support from a travel agency and people online who answered all his questions about approvals and Covid-19 testing.

“They were my saviours. They asked me not to do anything in a hurry but wait until things became clearer,” he said.

Initially, entry from India was limited to specific categories – those with golden visas, UAE citizens and people working in diplomatic missions.

Mr Das is now counting the days until wife and two-year-old son can join him in the UAE.

“I’m on cloud nine to be back. Coming back, I finally have a ray of hope,” he said.

Thousands more are travelling to the UAE

Sudheesh TP, general manager of Deira Travel, said large numbers of people were expected to return.

“Once all limitations like approvals are lifted, people will flock back,” he said.

“It will take a month to clear the backlog.”

The agency worked with airlines to obtain clearance from authorities for health workers and teachers. Cases were made on “humanitarian grounds” for young children to return to the UAE.

“We submitted documents to the airlines who forwarded it to the authorities for approvals. We filtered requests to check these were genuine. Authorities have been flexible in cases of family reunions,” he said.

Travel agencies said passenger traffic from India was about 40 per cent of the levels before the pandemic started.

The frequency of flights has been cut as part of the air bubble agreement between nations that allows regulated travel during the pandemic.

Mr Sudheesh is upbeat about a rise in travel during Expo 2020 Dubai.

“We are anticipating more travel from the end of September. By then, the number

In just one year, Ohio lost nearly 25% of its servers at restaurants across the state and recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Cleveland nonprofit Ohio Policy Matters show the leisure and hospitality industries aren’t on track to get many of those workers back.

At Stricker’s Grove, a 97-year-old family-run amusement park in Ross, Ohio, staffing on any given day can be a roller coaster.

“This is probably, as far as labor goes, the worst we’ve experienced it,” said Pamela Stricker, the park’s co-owner.

She and other family have been working in various spaces in the park themselves as Stricker’s Grove struggles to keep the full park staffed. There are typically enough workers to run rides for every private event, but staffing the games and golf areas when the park opens to the public four times a year sometimes involves a scramble.

“Sometimes I work at the front gate, sometimes I work at miniature golf,” said Stricker.

The park hopes to build bonds with workers through offers like free drinks all day and creating a welcoming family-like environment. It’s worked for loyal employee Kathy King, a retired Hamilton math teacher who works part time at the park. She and other die-hard employees are the few who returned after the park was shut down in 2020.

“It’s just … my happy place,” said King. “It’s nice to see both kids and adults have a good time and laugh and smile.”

The steady rise in unfilled job openings are charted in statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor. Mirroring that data, Ohio Policy Matters released a Labor Day report showing the leisure and hospitality industry made up 28% of all the state’s jobs destroyed during the pandemic.

The Strickers haven’t given up hope, however, and they believe what lies ahead will be better. Most of the park’s private-event clients plan to re-book for events next year and owners hope by then staffing will be closer to normal.

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