224 days ago, I got my license. Being unable to drive was my last excuse for not having a job and now that I had lost that excuse, getting a job was inevitable.
By the spring, I had my eyes set on a job working at the town beaches. I sent in my sort of wimpy application (it can be hard to give a reference when you’ve never had a job before) and now it was time for the waiting game. After a few weeks of waiting by the phone for any news, I was finally called in for an interview.
Thankfully, I had a few experiences similar to a job interview in journalism class, so I wasn’t going in completely unprepared. I was asked the standard job interview questions: What do you consider your strengths? Your weaknesses? Why do you think you’d be a good fit for this job? I had a lot riding on this interview (I very boldly applied for no other jobs) so it was important that I made my best impression.
I got lucky. Got the job! Now I got to spend my whole summer selling passes for the town beaches. When I say my whole summer I mean my whole summer. I worked on average 32-40 hours a week, which didn’t leave me much time for anything else. Although it occupied much of my time, my job at the beach was an impactful learning experience.
Once you begin earning your own money, you’re much more hesitant to spend it. You begin asking yourself, “Is this worth an entire shift?” Just because I’ve started being more thoughtful with they way I spend my money does not mean I’ve stopped spending it. I still get sucked into shopping occasionally (I developed a very bad habit of online shopping when it was slow at work).
Working at the beach not only taught me how to manage my money, but also how to manage my time. For the majority of the summer I woke up at 7 a.m. everyday, something that was entirely new to me. In summers past, I used to get away with sleeping until noon.
Overall, having a summer job helped me mature immensely and really made me realize that very shortly I will be an adult in college. However cliche this may be, high school really does fly by. So, my advice to you is to enjoy your jobless summers while they last and spend as much time with your friends as you can, it’ll be over before you know it.