When people think of leadership skills, they often envision formal training and a first-time promotional opportunity. To the contrary, leadership experience can be derived from a number of experiences and doesn’t necessarily have to be spelled out as such.

 

Part-Time Jobs Offer More Than Hourly Pay

Every job has something to offer if you know where to find it. For instance, working in the fast food industry can give you valuable communication skills and can teach you how to deal with frustrated customers in difficult situations. These are just a few of the valuable skills you can learn in this type of part-time job that you’ll be able to carry with you throughout your career.

Many students fill their summers with seasonal work, such as working as a camp counselor for younger children. While the pay is rarely very promising, the leadership skills developed in this situation can lead to bigger and better things. While the camp’s attendees are children, as opposed to fellow employees, you’ll still be responsible for supervising them and that’s something that will look good on a resume. Additionally, caring for large groups of children indicates a strong understanding of responsibility and the need to be mindful of the actions of others.

 

You Can Even Be an Entrepreneur

The explosion of the digital age has opened up a world of possibilities, leading many young people to launch their own businesses. In fact, as many as 50% of students plan to seek out their own business ventures after graduation, suggesting this trend will continue to grow. Entrepreneurship is a desirable route for many, especially when there are so few employment opportunities available.

Still, it isn’t easy. Starting your own business often means wearing many hats, especially in the beginning when you may not be able to afford employees of your own. This means researching the legalities involved in your business and understanding how to manage the business, as well as educating yourself about tax laws and funding options. You’ll also be responsible for the smaller parts of running the business on a day to day routine.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you’re all on your own. You can network with other entrepreneurs and meet people who share your love for your chosen industry. As you pursue this type of career path, you may even find that those part-time and summer jobs prepared you in ways you hadn’t considered. Starting your own business, you can draw on those earlier experiences and use those lessons to make your business a success.