The benefits of a summer job

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GRANGER Ball State senior, Matt Petsche and his crew of six college painters say, their summer jobs are the best they could ask for.

"We work on full exterior houses, trim work, decks, we do garage floors, driveway sealants," said Petsche.

The crew is part of Textbook Painting, a regional company offering students hands-on experience in the workforce. Painting is hard work, but a skill that will pay off in the long run, according to college counselor, Stacie Jeffirs.

"Any type of opportunity can make a big difference," said Jeffirs. "A summer job can help a student to learn what it's like to be in the work force, learn leadership, team work skills."

Jeffirs says the key to making summer jobs count in the future, is turning daily tasks into lifelong skills.

"Even if it's a summer job that's not related to their major, it can still be really helpful to them in building different types of transferable skill sets that are going to be helpful to them in the future," said Jeffirs.

"Summer jobs and internships can be a good way to figure out what you don't like as well," said Jeffirs.

Petsche is an Entrepreneurial Management and Psychology major. While his future aspirations don't necessarily include painting, he's not ruling out the idea, either.

"I'm kind of hoping to do something along these lines," said Petsche. "Run my own business someday."

Moral of the story, whether it's serving in a restaurant, babysitting or cleaning houses, a summer job can go a long way in building the path to a successful future.

"You learn hard work, you learn you [have] to get up in the morning, you [have] to be on time," said Adam Hall, one of the painters on Petsche's crew. "You can use that in any profession."

For more information about Textbook Painting, visit their website.

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