8 summer-inspired jobs that will make you feel good

Let’s face it – we all feel better when the sun is shining, so it makes sense that we all want to bring that summer feeling to work with us. Our working environment can have a big impact on our mood and productivity, and it’s no secret that sunshine brings many positives to our lives including increased vitamin D levels, improved brain function and a happier demeanor.

If you don’t like the idea of being trapped within the same four office walls this summer, then browse these eight varied roles that could help inject a little sunshine into your life.

1. Dog Walker

Being a Dog Walker is a brilliant way to feel appreciated, whilst spending a lot of time in the great outdoors. Often, a dog will never be happier to see you than when you’re arriving to take it out for its favourite part of the day – a walk!

As long as you have a reasonable level of fitness and you love dogs, then there’s no reason why you can’t get started in this fully-flexible role. It’s completely up to you how many dogs you choose to walk and how many hours you choose to work. 

You can also match your fitness level to the types of dogs that you choose to walk. For example, if you’ve got bundles of energy, you might want to walk more active breeds like Cockapoos or Border Collies who need a lot more exercise. Or if you’d like to start slow and build up your fitness, you could start by walking older dogs who don’t need to walk as far.

Dog walking is a job you could easily fall in love with, and there are plenty of dogs out there just waiting to be walked. If you’re looking for somewhere to start, then Tailster* is a great Nationwide website that allows you to locate dogs that need walking in your local area. 

2. Florist

Roses are red, violets are blue, becoming a Florist could be the right choice for you! Working with flowers everyday is a great way to connect with nature whilst making a living. People typically think of flowers as products of summer, and just being around them can make you feel more cheerful and positive. 

For most Florists, no two days are ever the same because clients vary and you never know what type of floral creation you’ll be asked to come up with next. People call on Florists during many of life’s major stages and being involved in some of people’s most special occasions can be extremely rewarding. The scale of what people ask for can vary – one day you may be putting together a bunch of flowers for someone’s birthday, and another day you could be creating ten garlands for a summer wedding. But either way – it’s likely you’ll be making someone very happy with your work. 

Floristry isn’t as simple as putting a few flowers in a vase and hoping for the best – there’s plenty of skill and knowledge involved, and many floral arrangements are very intricate. 

One of the best ways to start a career in floristry is to apply for a job as a trainee or an apprentice with a flower company. Or, alternatively you could try taking an accredited distance-learning course and then try setting up your own shop or outdoor flower stall. Why not give it a try, and watch your career blossom?

3. Animal/Wildlife Assistant

If you fancy getting up close and personal with some of nature’s creatures, then it’s worth considering a role as an Animal or Wildlife Assistant. Research suggests that humans have an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life. And that when we make these connections, our productivity and happiness increases.

As an Animal or Wildlife Assistant you could help to rescue, rehabilitate and release animals back into the wild, or to a suitable new owner. Whilst being close to nature is great, it’s even better when you know that you’re saving and changing animals’ lives.

The most important thing you’ll need when it comes to applying for a job, is a genuine interest and enthusiasm for animals. Does this sound like you? If yes, then there’s no reason why you can’t start browsing the full list of vacancies below.

4. Gardener

Gardening is a fantastic opportunity to get in touch with your creative side and build something beautiful that can be enjoyed by others. For many people, gardening is also a form of escapism, which can reduce stress levels and boost your mood.There are plenty of sites around the country that rely on Gardeners to look after their grounds by doing tasks such as pruning, weeding and leaf clearing – you’ll also help with planting and maintaining trees, plants and herbaceous plants. With gardening, what you put in is what you get out and it can be very rewarding to watch things grow and blossom as you nurture them, or to see the results of a big clearance effort.

So, if you’ve got green fingers and are in the market for a new job this summer, then why not consider applying for a job as a Gardener? Alternatively, if you like the sound of being your own boss, then you could also try advertising your services locally and, get paid to help people in your local community with their garden.

5. Holiday Rep

Would you like to find adventure through work? Becoming a Holiday Rep is a great opportunity to visit some of the world’s sunniest destinations whilst helping people get the most out of their holiday. 

So, how does it work? A travel company will place you in a location abroad for several weeks or months at a time. During this time, you’ll become a knowledge base for the area (you’ll pretty much become a local), so you can act as a guide for tourists travelling with your tour operator. It’s the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture.

The good news is – you don’t need any formal entry requirements for this role as most employers are happy to train staff on the job. And you’ll usually get free flights to and from the travel destination you’ll be working in – plus free accommodation and free or discounted food.

As the saying goes; life begins when you step outside of your comfort zone, so if you’re keen to experience something new, your next adventure could be waiting…

6. Teaching English Abroad

Teaching has the potential to take you on adventures to sunnier climates, and by taking a short course you could soon be sunning yourself in regions such as Latin America or Southern Europe.

English is a valuable language that is widely sought after by countries across the world, so teaching opportunities are vast – and they’ll always be someone in the world who could benefit from your skills and experience.

The best way to prepare yourself to teach English as a foreign language is to take a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course that will cover topics such as lesson planning, grammar and classroom management. This should give you the skills and the confidence you need to get the most out of the role – and courses can usually be studied online, in person, or both.

Once you’ve completed an accredited TEFL course, you’ll be able to start applying for jobs. And the first thing you’ll have to decide is where in the world you’d like to go. The rate of pay and the benefits attached to each job will vary significantly depending on the country you’re visiting and the employer. The International TEFL Academy will provide you with lots of information about the country you’re interested in teaching in, so you can make an informed decision. All you have to do is fill out a simple form and wait for a response, so why not give it a go? You never know where you might end up!

7. Travel Agent

Travel Agent’s have the very satisfying job of helping people get excited about their travel adventures – and getting a taste of the adventures themselves. It can be very pleasant spending your days discussing tropical climates and sunny escapes.

As a Travel Agent, you’ll essentially be a knowledge base for people who come to you wanting to know more about a specific travel destination, or looking for recommendations. They will trust you to find them the best locations, hotels and flights/cruises available – and all at the best price.

All this knowledge will also go a long way in helping you to plan your own sunny adventures and the job itself does come with the opportunity for occasional travel. You may also be entitled to travel discounts and first dibs on the latest offers.

There are usually part-time and full-time roles available depending on the amount of flexibility you’re looking for, and you don’t need any formal qualifications to get started in the role – as most employers will provide on-the-job training.

8. Working at a garden centre

If you’d love to work in a people-focussed role, whilst having the pleasure of being surrounded by beautiful plants out in the fresh air, then a garden centre could be the ideal place to land a job. 

You could be responsible for a range of tasks, from helping customers find suitable plants for their garden, to making sure that all the plants and flowers are watered and fed during their stay at the centre.

Working at your local garden centre is also a great way to get to know people in your community, and to give something back. Why not contact your local garden centre directly and see if they have any roles available? Smaller garden centres often don’t advertise their roles online, so you never know what opportunities could be waiting…

Did you find this page useful? Do you have any other ideas you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you. Email us at [email protected].

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