Ah, summer. The beautiful time of year meant for soaking up the sun's rays, catching up on all your favorite TV shows and trying to make as much money as possible in a three month time period. We've all been there: the dreaded summer job. While some are lucky enough to spend the summer months at an air conditioned employer, it's more than likely that you're like me and have to brave the elements from Memorial to Labor Day. Whether you're employed by a pool, a beach, a country club or anything in between, you will certainly be no stranger to any of the items on this list. But if you've never had the pleasure of working outdoors in the summer, spoiler alert: it's nothing like High School Musical 2.
1. You're either given a ridiculous amount of shifts in one week...
2. ...Or none at all.
There is literally no in between.
3. But there's still always those shift hogs.
Do you know a coworker who always responds within nanoseconds whenever someone asks for a cover, or a manager asks for someone to do an extra shift? Does it always happen to occur at times when you really could have used the extra money but aren't checking your phone 24/7? If someone comes into mind, you have a shift hog on your hands. With such limited operating hours and days in the season, shift hogs are an epidemic at outdoor summer workplaces.
4. The tan lines are unreal.
By the time I finally got rid of my farmer tan from last summer, it was opening weekend for this summer.
5. People blame you for things you have absolutely no control over.
Including but certainly not limited to: the amount of chairs available, the summer camps also inhabiting the space and the temperature outside.
6. You will also see people at their lowest points.
You will never guess how many times a guest has apologized to me for snapping in front of me at the person or people with them while checking in at the front gate at the swim club that I work at, their reason always being that it's just too darn hot out.
7. The daily activities available for guests are wild.
Paint a piggy bank? Senior citizen talent show? Quidditch? You have also probably been roped into running at least one of these wild activities at some point over the season.
8. You've been rained on.
Because even when all the guests are sent home due to a torrential downpour, the place isn't going to get ready for closing by itself.
9. The snack bar is either your best friend, your worst enemy or both.
I never eat on my breaks because our shifts are on the short side, but I must say having an employee discount to every junk food imaginable only steps away is rather tempting...
At the end of the day, our outdoor summer jobs are something that we just love to hate. Despite the heat and the shift hogs, we've made plenty of friends and have more crazy work stories to tell than we can count. Besides, your wallet will definitely thank you for giving up your summer come the fall semester!
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