9 Jobs to Consider This Winter Break

By Brittany Hawes on November 30, 2017

The weather’s getting colder, stores are having their biggest sales of the year, and school’s going to be out before long. Maybe you’re starting to notice your family and friends glancing a little more longingly at the items on the store shelves. Or maybe you’re getting those not-so-subtle hints about what everyone’s wanting for Christmas (“My back has been so itchy this past week, son… I could really use that back scratcher we saw on the television the other night… You know, I think it’s only $14.99 for two when you call in and order…”).

These things can only mean one thing: winter is coming…which means Christmas shopping is right around the corner!

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Winter break means relaxing to some hard-working students, but to others, winter break is an opportunity to get a little extra cash in your pocket, be it for Christmas shopping or for the expenses that will come when the spring semester rolls around in January. Whatever the reason may be, if you’re looking to earn some extra cash during your vacation, here are 9 jobs to consider for winter break.

1. Retail

First on our list of winter break jobs is a retail worker. One area you’re almost guaranteed to find a job during winter break is in retail. Many stores will be looking to bring in some extra help for the holidays, which can be the busiest time of the year for those who work in retail. Part-time positions such as cashiers and stockers will make for a busy but exciting job over the winter break. If you enjoy helping others and are comfortable with multitasking, consider looking into a retail work this winter break.

2. Santa’s Helper

If you’re really looking to get into the festive mood this year and want to help spread some Christmas cheer to others, applying to be one of “Santa’s helpers” at your local mall could be worth a try. You’ll be in charge of guiding little children to Santa and keeping the line to Santa’s workshop as orderly as possible, while keeping those in line entertained. Know any good elf jokes?

3. Driver & Mobile Blood Drive Support

Are you passionate about donating blood? Want to go beyond the needle and help even further? You could get paid to drive around one of the blood buses that runs blood drives in your local town or city. You’ll also get to help with preparation for the blood drive by helping pack and unpack the bus before and after your runs.

4. UPS Driver Helper

UPS is looking for seasonal workers to help their drivers. Help the boys in brown deliver packages throughout town Monday through Friday and get to explore your town like never before. Another cool thing: some UPS seasonal positions offer a $100 weekly bonus on top of your regular hourly pay!

5. Ice Rink Worker

Don’t live close to any ski resorts? That’s okay—try applying at your local ice skating rink instead! You’ll be surrounded by coworkers who love the cold as much as you do and get to help others learn the art that is ice-skating.

6. Warehouse Associate

Amazon.com as well as a number of other online and physical retail companies have positions open in their shipping warehouses that could offer you a good paying job this winter break. The holidays are a busy blur for those working in shipping warehouses because of November and December gift-sending, so you can bet companies will be looking for some extra sets of helping hands during the winter.

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7. Holiday Photographer

Put your photography skills and equipment to use this winter break by offering to do holiday family shoots. You can opt to purchase a few props, like signs for those participating in the shoot to hold, or even Santa hats or antlers. Pick some areas near you that will offer those interested in getting their photo taken a nice backdrop or purchase some festive backdrops to use. Set your price to something reasonable but relative to your skill levelPetaPixel puts an amateur price point at anywhere from $25-$75 per hour and student price point at $50-$100 per hour.

8. Dress Specialist

Want a job that’s both rewarding and exciting? How about becoming a dress specialist over winter break? You will be in charge of helping a bride-to-be find her dream wedding dress in store, keeping a smile on her and her entourage’s faces, and pairing the chosen dress with suitable accessories. Dress-hunting isn’t just for brides-to-be; expect to help prom dress hunters and others who are searching for that perfect dress during your time as a dress specialist this winter break.

9. Valet

Winter break often equates to travel for many. Hotels and other businesses will be in search of valets to greet and park the cars of their guests and loyal customers. Valets can earn good tips if they do a nice job and park a lot of cars in one day. You could easily save a lot of money before it’s time to return to school for the spring semester.

There you have it—9 jobs to consider this winter break. As vacation time grows closer, I hope that you all have a happy holiday season and find a job that suits both your interests and needs. For even more jobs to consider this winter break or throughout the school year, check out this earlier article.

Hi there! My name's Britt and I'm a senior majoring in English major at Florida State University. I have these crazy, big dreams of traveling the entire world and writing novels in my spare time. I love music, food, and the Japanese culture. I plan on teaching English in Japan upon graduation from Florida State. My first YA novel, Twisted, was published by Deep Sea Publishing Company in 2014. It won a Readers' Favorite Book Award that same year. Alongside schoolwork, I'm working hard on the second book in the Twisted series as well as a number of other novels.

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