As the temperature rises and students’ focus on schoolwork lowers, it is clear that we are nearing that magical time of year; a season incomparable to springtime or even the holidays. It is a season where the nights get longer and our list of worries gets shorter. Yes, day by day, hour by grueling hour, we are working our way closer to the glorious summer of 2014. And, while most of us (myself included) are busy planning how we will spend these 10 weeks of freedom, the last thing on our minds is employment. Therefore, your dedicated staff at the Rampage has worked tirelessly to compile this guide for summer employment opportunities best suited for Southern’s exceptional students.
As residents in proximity to a resort town we students have been given a unique opportunity that many other teens struggle with; an abundance of summer jobs. With all the different openings on and around LBI it can be a little daunting to some, so allow us to break them down into a few, bite-sized categories to allow you to decide which job you are best suited for.
Food Service: Starting off with one of the most plentiful opportunities for employment is foodservice. This includes bussing and waiting tables, hosting/hostessing, cooking, and any kitchen work associated with working in a restaurant or eatery. In addition, more specialized eateries such as ice cream shops or snack stands are always seeking summer employees. Minimal to no training is needed depending on the equipment used. Hours are flexible due to large numbers or workers employed, and wages vary. For bussers/waiters, wages are minimal and most money is earned based on tips rather than solely a set hourly wage for a cook. This means that if you are interested in a job in this field, it is best to select an eatery that has a steady flow of customers to ensure you will be making decent tips.
Retail: Most summertime retail workers are employed at larger retail shops such as Wal-Mart or in smaller local clothing and niche tourist stores along the island. Tasks include stocking shelves, managing inventory, and helping customers. Again, little to no training is needed. This field is a bit slower paced for those who don’t want to work in the hectic, sweltering environment that is a restaurant in the summertime. Wages are fixed and are usually minimum wage at best for entry-level workers. Despite this, you would be wise to apply at stores you frequently shop at as they more often than not give out employee discounts that can make up for the pay drop.
Camps: For the teen more interested in spending their summer outdoors than cooped inside, camp counselor may be for you. This job allows you to spend time outdoors, mentor younger kids and help them to develop new skills. Needless to say, patience and skill working with children is a must. Another pro of this job aside from all the time being paid to work outdoors is that it teaches many useful life skills such as conflict resolution as well as communication with other. Wages are also flexible, as well as hours, and some training may be required such as CPR.
Lifeguarding: The final job on our list (and my personal favorite) is lifeguarding at a pool or on the beach. Once again living near LBI gives us access to the six beach patrols that protect its beaches as well as several local swimming pools. Both positions require extensive training, a high maturity level and people skills, and most of all a level head. The tradeoff is the opportunity to protect the lives of thousands of people; a truly rewarding experience. Also, being paid to be on the beach for eight hours a day doesn’t hurt either. For ocean lifeguards, wages vary by patrol, but are set at a minimum and increase each continuous summer until the max is reached. Obviously much training is required including but not limited to; CPR, Emergency Response training, rescue techniques, and ocean safety courses.
In short, it is easy to see that there is no shortage of employment opportunities in our area for the summer. No matter what your personality or skillset, there is a job out there that is a good fit for you. But remember, it is not a career, just a summer job to help pay the bills, so don’t feel as though you’re there for life. We at the Rampage hope this guide has helped a bit in your search for summertime employment, and wish you the reader the best of luck in all your dog day endeavors.