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What plans do you have for your summer vacation? Will you be working on your tan or enjoying the air-conditioning at the mall? These activities might be fun, but they won't help you get ahead. Related: How To Nab A Summer Internship In 4 Months Or Less Instead of the traditional summer activities, try being more proactive this season to jump start your career. Here are some tips for kick-starting your career this summer:

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Ideally, the best thing you can do is try to find an internship that's related to your degree or passion. This is the best way to gain real life experience as well as having something terrific to put on your resume. In reality, however, you have left finding an internship to the last moment, and now you find yourself searching for a job that pays well without consuming your entire summer. Related: 11 Ways To Enjoy Summer When You’re Working A Full-Time Job No matter what job you’re doing over the summer, never forget to network. Speak to people, ask questions, learn new skills, and most importantly, have fun. And if you think you’re too good for a summer job, think again. Some of the biggest stars in the world spent their summer mopping floors at a local Dairy Queen (Gwen Stefani) or saved up some extra cash as a paper boy (Tom Cruise). Matthew McConaughey found himself short of cash when travelling around Australia (before he was famous) and took a job on a farm moving chicken manure. Here are a few great summer jobs to consider:

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As a kid, I remember thinking teachers had great jobs because they got to take summers off. I didn't quite grasp the challenges of the position nor did I understand that, unlike their students, teachers do not spend the Summer at sleep-away camp or catching up on video games. I still think that teachers have great jobs, although for entirely different reasons. They get to play a meaningful role in the lives of their students, they solve new problems every day, they are constantly challenged and constantly learning.

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