Fraggles, Ross and underground jobs
Stuff & Things
Campus Life Editor
Caves, silver, flashlights — while the natural association would perhaps
lead to thinking of those loveable Fraggles, that was the reality of my summer
job for five years.
Similarly, when most people think of museums they think of dusty old relics,
boring old ladies and geeks like Ross on Friends, but the greatest summer job
I ever had was working at a museum.
For five years, I spent my summer months working in an underground mine. Donning
fluorescent orange coveralls, a flashlight and hard-hat, for 40 hours a week,
I conducted underground tours of an abandoned silver mine.
Considering where most of my friends were working at the time, it quickly
became clear that I had one of the strangest jobs around. I’ll admit,
it was cold, damp and really dark but it was also incredibly fun and there
are few people in this world who have experienced the underground world. People
from around the world would come to our little museum in Northern Ontario and
we would take them into the depths of our town’s history.
This job made me realize that I realized that not all jobs consisted of flipping
burgers, working cash or pumping gas. All you have to do is look. Many of these
places may be small, but don’t be afraid to find out what kinds of projects
There are museums and heritage locations across this province and most of
them hire students in the summer. And let me tell you, there are some seriously
odd commemorations in this province. From museums about quintuplets to statues
of large animals to pioneer villages, the historical tourism industry offers
a strange taste of Ontario life.
I admit, these places may seem strange, but their uniqueness offers a summer
job experience like no other. How many 19-year-olds get to spend their summers
in an underground mine with tourists? And how cool is it to say you spent your
summer ‘working in a mine’? (Trust me, people look at me funny
when I say that.)
Tour guide jobs are exciting due to the vast amount of people you meet over
the course of your days. From theatre troupes and busloads of seniors to families
and other wanderers, a job like this will introduce you to the widest range
of people imaginable — beats spending time with crazy Wal-Mart shoppers
The years I spent as a tour guide provided me with many invaluable skills
which have helped me immensely. In job interviews, I spend a lot of time talking
about working at the museum because interviewers are often shocked at the type
of job I had. I get asked about the tours, the history, random facts… etc.
On some occasions, I even spent more time talking about information from that
job than about the one I’m being interviewed for. Whatever gets people