The 6 Stages Of Your Summer Job
Start writing a post
Student Life

The 6 Stages Of Your Summer Job

Work work work work work work.

The 6 Stages Of Your Summer Job

1. Clocking In

There you were, innocently enjoying your day laying around in the air-conditioning, binge watching eighteen episodes of How I Met Your Mother, and your job rudely expects to get up and come in. Granted, you were on the schedule and have known for the past six days but still, here you are. Clocking in and getting ready to deal with the nonsense that is today's shift, let’s get this over with.

2. Preparation

OF COURSE. Whether it be that the dishes in the back are all dirty, or none of the jeans for the new display have been even close to getting organized, the morning shift left all the stuff they don’t want to do for you. It’s fine, though, you’re here to work. Although you can’t help slamming those cups a little too hard as you load them into the dish rack.

3. Coworkers

You are surrounded by people you probably wouldn’t normally speak to. There’s a hierarchy in every summer job that must be treated with the utmost respect. We have the veterans who’ve been here since before you arrived, and will be for a long time after you’re gone. Your work friends (aka the “homies”), or those who you check the schedule to see when you’re both on the same shift because you know that on that day work will be turnt. But then you have the rookies, the shaky little freshman new hires that it’s your job to train. Whether you’re scooping water ice or lifeguarding the local pool, work can have more drama than 90210 when these cliques collide.

4. Customers

Customers are singlehandedly the best and worst things about summer jobs. Sometimes you get the nicest people in the entire world. Big tippers, funny storytellers or all around just wonderful people. They see how hard you’re working and vocalize how much they appreciate the effort you have put into their requests.

Yet there’s also those customers. Snobby, rude, and more entitled than a two-year-old throwing a temper tantrum. They exist, and they are certainly hard to deal with. But once you know the tricks of defusing the angry spark of such a customer- life becomes easy breezy again.

5. Break

What’s that?

6. Closing

You made it. The store/pool/rink closes in 45 minutes. You’re so close… and there’s only 6,458 things left to do before you can leave. You know if you don’t properly clean the ice-cream machine or vacuum the outdoor carpets the morning shift will have your head on a plate the next day. So now it’s time to kick it into overdrive. Keep pushing on, because while you’re sweeping the same floors for the fourth time this week, you are making both money, and the most out of your summer.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments