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Snazzy summer job options

By Lorraine Forster
Gazette Staff

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THAT’S RIGHT BABY, I’M A LIFEGUARD BY DAY AND A KNIGHT RIDER BY NIGHT. Lifeguards like Baywatch’s David Hasselhoff manage to save lives and break hearts at the same time.

As the end of another school year approaches, thoughts of blissful summer evenings spent on the cottage dock come to mind. Unfortunately, for most of us summer is not all fun and games — we need to find some way to pay for our education and at least a few drinks along the way.

It’s important to remember though, summer jobs don’t have to be terrible.

Sarah McMaster, a first-year history student, has been a lifeguard for the City of Barrie for the past two years and in the summer she works on the waterfront. “I like being outside and on the water. It’s rewarding to help people, and it’s a really good experience to have for the rest of your life,” she says. “My first beach rescue was a man in his early 40s. He was a non-swimmer and I had to go out and grab him and bring him back in.”

Top physical form is a must for performing well in such situations, but there are also many other certifications a lifeguard must have, including their national lifeguard service (waterfront) designation, scuba training and standard first-aid and CPR, among others.

As a lifeguard, McMaster’s duties include guarding the waterfront, teaching swimming lessons (from water babies one to bronze cross) and being an aquatic facilities supervisor (AFS), the person responsible for everybody who’s working at that time. “Sometimes it can be a challenge dealing with children,” she says.
When looking for a job, Kanna Shintani, a volunteer at the Student Development Centre’s job search clinic stresses “Start early!” She adds one of the key factors in any job search is to tell everyone you know that you’re looking for a job. By doing things like this you may find an interesting position at a place you may never have even thought of applying.

This is exactly what happened to first-year administrative and commercial studies student Shannon McLuhan. She found a job at a golf course through a friend who recommended her for the job. Like McMaster’s job, McLuhan’s duties as a beer cart attendant and bartender afforded her many opportunities to be outside, basking in the warm summer sun.

As for tips on how to best apply for jobs like these, Shintani says, “[the SDC] has a resumé workshop almost every week.” On top of this, the job search clinic is open every afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. in the University Community Centre, Rm. 210 for any job search questions students may have. Students are invited to bring in their resumés and cover letters, and have them looked over by the job search clinic volunteers.



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