Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2000-04-071
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S': THE v Volume 3 Issue 29 B E Y O N D v ; ; iM-)TroTi Tr;,Y v n t t "" " ail 'iti gfL.-.wjBa wit -i i, ..I sm mtJ - -TS- L- ? j"1" ' mhi 1 1 an- tnrfc win, m, V THE SIGNPOST WEBER STATE JOB RUSH summer job hu nters "Many parks are really remote. If they want to go to Walmart, Walmart is going to be at least two to four hours away." -Russ Jobman Director of human resources and operations for Mount Rushmore By Lisa Roskelley features editor-The Signpost By Jodi Poll features writer-The Signpost The search for the perfect summer job could take longer than the season itself. But as the end of the semester is approaching, time is running out. When school's out the instinct says, "it is time to play," but how long will the savings account last with all those great adventures in mind? (Not to mention fall semester tuition.) In comes the appeal of employment at one of those great vacation spots the savings account can't afford. Jobs at national parks, tourist towns, or on a cruise line are often sought out by college students to fill the summer with fun, adventure and cash. "I've had a lot more students ask about jobs like these this year," said Linda Taylor, cooperative educationinternships secretary, pointing to a compiled listing of available summerjobs and internships available at Career Services. However, there are many things to consider when looking for seasonal employment.Obviously, the biggest reason to get a seasonal job is for the money. Summer jobs like these vary in pay scales, greatly depending on things such as experience, education, availability and positions. National parks and the like pay an average of $6 to $9 an hour. Other employers, such as cruise ships and summer camps, pay either a daily or stipend rate. Places like Rocky Mountain Adventures, Inc. pay their river raft and fly Pishing guides and photographers by the trip. Also, many places will provide room and board as part of the pay while others will not. This is one thing to pay close attention to. Employers hope applicants are aware of the length of their seasons oftentimes national parks and resorts have a season from April through October and are hiring for the entire season. "Our season is very long." said Inta Bingham, human resources manager for Lake Powell's Wahweap Marina. "The visitors start coming when the weather starts to warm vip in April. "So we try to get students that are graduating and want a break before thev start UNIVERSITY An Alaskan experience their 'real job,'" she said, "or students who are going to take a break off from school for . a semester or so.". Out of the 800 jobs available for the summer season, about 100 are filled by college students, in addition to the 15 to 25 internships offered by Lake Powell resorts. Sometimes this is not as big of a concern for other seasonal attractions. At Mount Rushmore, Russ Jobman, director of human resources and operations for AmFac Parks and Resorts, doesn't have as big of a problem filling his 130 seasonal jobs with about 60 percent college students. "For myself," he said, "we're relatively flexible on our scheduling." Summer camps also don't pose a big problem with seasonal scheduling conflicts. Blue Lake Fine Ails Camp in Twin Lake, Mich., requires their 150 camp counselor applicants to have at least one year of college. Their season runs from June 18 through Aug. 20. Students also need to keep in mind where they are looking for a job, past the glamour of the name, to what that place is really like. "Many parks are really remote," Jobman said. "If they want to go to Walmart, Walmart is going to be at least two to four hours away." Jobman explained many people are attracted to the "glamorous parks" like Yellowstone, but don't realize the lifestyle change they will have to undergo in order to work there. "People need to realize it if they're not willing to give up the lifestyle they are used to for three to four months." he said. "It will make a difference if they will fulfill their agreement with the company." Often when looking for a job. job descriptions are nearly nondescript. Paying attention to job titles and job descriptions and asking a lot of questions about the job when interviewing will help an applicant decide if the job is really fit for him or her. For example, a lot of job titles sound glamorous, but when it comes right down to doing the work as a wrangler guide for Triangle X Ranch, time will be spent with the horses, but much more time might be spent cleaning up after them. Or. the customer service representative See Job hunters page 2 , , , ... , -rj X J" o ' :: s I s I - ? : - : r ... ..... . m . '. . - - ; l. . . -v j.r v I g By Scott Thredgold guest writer-The Signpost Each spring, college students across the nation begin their search for summer employment. The "responsible" students have had an internship lined up since November. For the rest of us, however, the end of the semester is plagued by spring fever, finals and the realization that we really need a job. Of course, job recruiters recognize this springtime desperation and are right there for us in our time of need. You've probably seen signs around campus that say, 'Travel the World! Cruise and Land-Tour Jobs!" or "ALASKA! Great Paying Jobs Waiting for You!" These ads intrigue us at first. We may even jot down the Web site, but we soon dismiss these exotic jobs and go back to sporting goods at ShopKo. Well, last summer I said "no" to ShopKo and decided to try my luck up North. I had been taken in by the rumors of the enormous amount of money that can be earned on the fishing boats in Alaska and had received an invitation from a relative in Anchorage to spend some time at his place. A friend and I loaded up his Mazda 323 and hit the road. Five long days of driving later, we pulled into Anchorage. Our intention was to make our way to Homer, Alaska, four hours southwest of Anchorage on the tip of the Kenai (kee-nigh) Peninsula. We had no idea what we would be doing for work, but were enjoying the adventure along the way. I would recommend having at least one job lined up. or at least an interview, before heading north 4,000 miles. After a week in Anchorage, we found ourselves in Homer living in a trailer that previously had been used to store my uncle's fishing gear. Despite the drawbacks (no running water, leaky roof and that smell), we were happy and ready to commence the job hunt. This is when the rumors of piles of money were replaced by rumors of spending every penny for fishing equipment just to be eligible for a fishing boat job that we might not get. Suddenly, the idea of get-ling up at 4:30 every morning to spend the day on choppy seas hoping we would catch enough fish to make a profit and thus gel paid didn't seem too attractive. We started looking elsewhere for work. We lucked out. Homer is a resort town that claims to be "The Halibut Capilal of the World." The main attraction of the city is the "spit." a narrow strip of land that reaches five miles into beautiful Kachemak (catch-ah-mack) Bay. On the very end of the spit sits Land's End Resort and Restaurant. Somehow my friend and I both managed to land jobs in the restaurant portion of the resort: me as the evening host, he in the kitchen. We ended up making a good amount of money, making life-long friends and basically having Ihe summer of our lives. That was my Alaska experience, and could probably be characterized as atypical. Here's some good informal ion I picked up: Don't count on finding your dream job in Alaska, but don't discount it either. Yes. it is possible to make loads of money See Alaskan page 2 As part of his trip to Alaska, Scott went to various parts of the state with good friends new and old. Here he is with Brett, Leah, Chad and Jen, in Seldovia, Alaska.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2000-04-07, Vol. 3, No. 29|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State University|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|