There’s a common misconception that teachers spend their entire summer vacation lounging by a pool. The reality is plenty of teachers pick up a summer job to keep their income flowing. Your best bet is to play to your strengths. As someone who specializes in early childhood education, you are well-positioned for several types of summer jobs.
If you’re a strong swimmer, then becoming a lifeguard is a great summer job. These jobs are always available, as every apartment and condo complex in your town needs a lifeguard. Your days essentially consist of keeping your eyes on the pool, especially when swimmers are in deep water. If the pool isn’t busy, then you get paid to lounge by the pool. The pay usually ranges between $12 and $15 per hour depending on your experience.
The only catch with becoming a lifeguard is it requires certification. The certification class involves a distance swimming test, as well as a test where you rescue a dummy from deep water and swim it back to safety. The other part of your certification involves CPR and basic First Aid practices. The swimming test is pretty tough, so you are better off picking something else if swimming isn’t your strong suit.