Do short Summer jobs count as experience?

I am currently on Summer break from Uni and I was thinking of getting a Summer job. I know that after I will graduate and I will start applying for jobs, the first thing I will get asked is “what is your experience?”. It is difficult to build up your experience when you have none. For this reason, I was considering getting a very simple job that does not require much experience, like Runner. However, the problem is that Uni starts again in the autumn so I cannot hold to this job for longer than a couple of months. Would this short job count as work experience in my Resume?
 

Maura N.

The Last Black Unicorn
Staff member
Go for it! You might learn a lot of new things and increase your networking! Even if it is a temporary job, every experience helps you.
 
Hallo Amy!
I am also a student and just like you, I am looking to get work experience. I applied for many jobs and I was a bit sad that I got no reply back. I only got the classic "we'll call you back" and that call never came. I saw a post on the network where someone suggested that it would be a good idea to become a volunteer in the organizing team of a film festival so I changed my tactic. I got accepted as a volunteer and now I am working with a team of volunteers and other professionals and it is very fun. I am not getting any money but I am getting to meet a lot of people, have fun and learn new things. As students, we do what we can to learn outside of school. It is not easy because most people ignore us but we can only do so much.
 

EmilyWilkes

Active member
Hallo Amy!
I am also a student and just like you, I am looking to get work experience. I applied for many jobs and I was a bit sad that I got no reply back. I only got the classic "we'll call you back" and that call never came. I saw a post on the network where someone suggested that it would be a good idea to become a volunteer in the organizing team of a film festival so I changed my tactic. I got accepted as a volunteer and now I am working with a team of volunteers and other professionals and it is very fun. I am not getting any money but I am getting to meet a lot of people, have fun and learn new things. As students, we do what we can to learn outside of school. It is not easy because most people ignore us but we can only do so much.
I felt every word you said. Sadly, no matter how good of a student you are and no matter how hard you learn for classes, it is not enough. You also have to start a different hustle to get noticed if you want to have a career in this industry.
 
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