Summertime not only opens up some longterm employment opportunities, but it also offers some seasonal fun time jobs, too…on cruise ships, as tour guides, at summer camps and national parks.
So how do you start?
First, figure out what you want to do and commit to it.
Where do you apply?
Cruise Ships – Some favorites out of Galveston would be the Princess Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruises, and Disney Cruises. Imagine, stepping out onto the deck after you finished your shift and breathing in that fresh ocean air. Heaven! Cruise lines start recruiting early, so if you don’t want to miss the boat, make sure to start applying before May.
Tour Guides – Pick a city, any city that has a lot of tourists in the summer, and you will likely find a tour guide job. Best bets are large tourist attractions like Disney World or Disney Land.
Summer Camps – Do you remember being sent to summer camp? Do you remember the horseback riding, swimming, art classes, and bonfires? That is what you will be doing, only now you will be getting paid. Ok, so you will have to deal with a few home sick kiddies, so what? Most summer camp jobs are located back east, so learn about the area before you go. Some good websites are Summer Camp Staff, and American Camp Association.
National Parks – Talk about being made for the outdoors person! You need to check out the National Park Service for their seasonal employment.
So if you are looking for that different summer job, and you have an adventurous spirit and want to get away for the summer months–think big and think paradise.
Make sure when you do get that job, tell someone where you are going. Keep any personal belongings you need with you and put the rest in storage.
Bon voyage and send a post card!
J. Chacon is a Senior Employment Counselor that specializes in placement for Workforce Solutions – Northeast. She has over 10 years of experience in workforce development and recruiting.