Snazzy summer job options
By Lorraine Forster
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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
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
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.