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Summer Gigs for Students That Will Pay Off In 2017

Many Filipino students are unaware that summer is more than just an extended vacation. It is also the best time to be productive, make some extra cash, and even gain some professional work experience. Securing a part-time job over the summer is a great way to open doors to your future, while also helping you live comfortably for the 2017-2018 school year. If you’re not sure where to start your job hunt, we have you covered. By the end of this post you will have an understanding of the potential requirements employers may be looking for, as well as some top part-time employment options.

What Could Potential Employers Require?

Though many employers are eager to attract student talent, they are still operating a business.  Employers put requirements into place to protect the business, thus you will want to understand all possible requirements employers are looking for before you start your job hunt. This will save you time, effort, and frustration in the long-run.

  1. Experience

If you apply for a part-time job over the summer, be aware that employers may have requirements in regards to the amount of experience you have in the field. Do not take it personally if you apply for a summer job and do not get it due to lack of experience. Keep in mind you are still a student. If you are highly interested in getting some experience in your field of study, consider applying for a paid internship.

  1. Age

Depending on the type of job you apply for, there may be an age restriction. Some part-time jobs may require that you be at least 18 years old to become employed, while others may be willing to hire minors. Before you apply for a part-time job or internship, make sure you meet the age requirements.

  1. speaking with coworkersGreat Communication Skills

Regardless of the internship or part-time job you pick up, your employers will want you to be a good communicator. This includes verbal, written, and oral communication skills. Practicing your communication skills prior to your interviews will help put you ahead of the competition.

  1. NBI Clearance

Many employers will want to make sure you don’t have a criminal record before they hire you, and most employers in the Philippines will require you to have this clearance before hiring you. It’s important you apply for NBI clearance in advance of filling out applications for summer employment. Go through the steps on how to apply for NBI clearance online by visiting the NBI’s website.

  1. High School Diploma

Many employers will want to see that you have graduated high school, because this is an indication that you have the fundamental skill-set necessary to be a productive member of the workplace.

  1. document being readResume & Cover Letter

Think of your resume as the key to convincing potential employers that you’re the perfect fit for the job or internship. The purpose of your resume is to make you stand out from others on paper, and help you secure an interview. Your cover letter will be used as supplemental material to outline your experience in relation to the open position in greater detail.  Highlight what makes you unique, and how you could add value to the company.

5 Top Part Time Jobs & Internship Opportunities in the Philippines for 2017

  1. esl learningAn ESL (English as a Second Language) Teacher

As an ESL teacher, you will be tasked with teaching a foreigner how to speak the English language. If you are studying to become a teacher, having ESL teaching on your resume is a great way to jumpstart your career. There are opportunities for both part-time and full-time work, with a flexible schedule.

Some ESL jobs will require you to go into a physical office or meet with clients face-to-face, while others allow you to work from the comfort of your own home. If you prefer to work from home, you will be required to have a fast Internet connection, a reliable computer, and a high-definition camera on your device. There are a large number of ESL positions available throughout Manila with offices in Eastwood, Makati, and Ortigas. Outside of Manila, there are ESL opportunities in other cities such as Cebu, Subic, and Baguio to name a few.

To be considered for an ESL position, you must be fluent in English and confident in your ability to teach others. You must be proficient in both writing and speaking. Most ESL positions pay between ₱12,000 and ₱20,000 per month depending on your experience, expertise, and the company you work for.

  1. Virtual Assistant

What could be better than working from the comfort of your own home all summer? You can do just that by becoming a virtual assistant. Many companies are looking to expand, and in doing so, need to hire individuals to take care of every-day tasks they no longer have time for. As a virtual assistant, you will be tasked with providing essential customer service tasks such as answering customer support phone calls, responding to email inquiries, answering live chat requests, and more.

Being a virtual assistant will allow you to work from essentially anywhere as long as you have a strong Internet connection. You will need to have access to a computer as well as a quiet work area, necessary communication software installed, and great communication skills. Most employers pay virtual assistants hourly, and on average you could expect to get 10 to 20 hours per week. Pay will differ depending on your employer, but on average you could expect to earn anywhere between ₱130.00 and ₱300.00 per hour.

  1. group image of internsIntern with Procter & Gamble Philippines

If you are an aspiring business leader, applying for the Dream P&G Internship makes perfect sense. The Dream P&G Internship will provide you with an opportunity to step into the shoes of P&G leaders for two months, and give you a hands-on experience like no other. As an intern, you will have the opportunity to join one of P&G’s departments such as: brand management, consumer & market knowledge, finance and accounting, human resources, information technology, sales, or product supply. You will receive an individual project to work on throughout the course of your internship that you will own, lead, and deliver.

You may be required to work at the new P&G General Office in Net Park, Bonifacio Global City, or at the P&G Cabuyao Plant depending on the department you are assigned to. You also have the opportunity to apply for the Asia Internship Exchange where you could be sent for an all-expense paid internship at P&G’s Singapore headquarters.

The Dream P&G Internship provides you with an opportunity to experience a global work environment and interact with individuals from different cultures, backgrounds, and nationalities. In addition, you will get mentoring from some of the world’s most successful individuals within the business industry. You will receive monthly compensation, and even get the chance to receive a job offer from P&G even before you graduate college.

  1. Internet Marketing Manager

If you have a knack for technology and digital marketing, you could be hired as an Internet Marketing Manager. In this role, you will be responsible for a variety of tasks such as increasing social media reach, improving SEO, running paid online advertising campaigns, running successful email marketing campaigns, and more.

There are many offices in the Philippines that hire part-time digital marketers, and you can often do this work from the comfort of your own home. You could expect to work less than 40 hours per week, and earn anywhere between ₱120.00 to ₱300.00 per hour. If you are looking to get a career in the marketing or technology fields after graduation, landing a part-time gig as a digital marketer would be a great resume builder, and maybe even open the door to a future employment opportunity.

  1. Group riding banana boatIntern with the Department of Trade and Industry

Though the deadline has already passed to become an Intern for the Department of Trade and Industry for the summer of 2017 (Application has been extended up to March 10, 2017, so hurry and accomplish the Government Internship Program (GIP) form downloaded from and submit along with your resume and photo to:, it must be mentioned due to the great potential this internship could provide you with in terms of your future employment opportunities.

Next summer you could join the DTI for a three-month term and earn ₱340.26 per day. The DTI has a variety of intern positions available each summer including: researchers, analysts, IT assistants, programmers, writers, assistant librarians, video editors, general clerks, encoders, messengers, and electricians.

To qualify for an internship with the DTI, you must be a Filipino youth between the ages of 18 and 25, and you cannot be a beneficiary of any National Youth Commission Program or other GIP implementing agency. The deadline for an internship with the DTI is usually the first part of March. Positions fill up fast, so if you wish to be a part of this wonderful program next year, it would be a good idea to start planning now.

Let’s face it, the competition in the job force is stiff regardless of your educational background. That’s why it’s more important than ever to use your summer break wisely to gain experience for your future career. Not only will you gain valuable work experience to add to your resume, you will gain some additional income which could allow you to take time off work during the school year to focus on your studies. So, have you thought about what you will do with your summer vacation?

If you are looking for other options on how to earn something extra, you can also consider checking our list of 8 practical ideas that can provide alternative source of income. Having additional opportunities for earning money is never a bad thing!

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