What Teaching Swim Lessons Has Done For Me

What Teaching Swim Lessons Has Done For Me

A Rewarding Experience

When I started teaching swim lessons I had no idea the impact it would have on me. I began teaching swim lessons my senior year of high school; I thought it was a good fit for me because I had been a swimmer most of my life and had also worked as a lifeguard prior. What I didn’t think was that it would change my life like it did, or how it helped me grow so immensely as a person.

Before teaching swim lessons I sort-of liked kids, and I definitely never thought that my favorite part of the job would be the kiddos I worked with. When I first began teaching I found the job entirely overwhelming; there was so much you had to know and so much that was expected of you. The job was stressful, but I found that experience was the key to success with the job. All it took was becoming confident in my teaching abilities and perfecting my “mom voice” to get the kids to listen and respect me.

Once I found my rhythm and figured out what techniques worked best to teach, I really lost myself in the pure enjoyment of what I was doing. The thing about working with kids, and teaching them a lifelong skill, is that it is remarkably rewarding. For me, there was no better feeling then when a kid finally accomplished a skill that we had been working on for a long time. I always felt this overwhelming sense of pride knowing that I did that. I taught this adorable young child something that they will always take with them, not to mention something that will help keep them safe.

The feeling of helping shape and influence a child is one of the best feelings I have ever experienced, and that was not something I expected when I initially took the job. It honestly became more than a job for me, I loved doing it so it never felt like work. Getting to be goofy with the kiddos for a couple hours while teaching them something that I myself loved to do was an incredible “job” to have.

Another thing: kids are hilarious. They honestly say the most ridiculous things that I then share with all my friends and family at the end of every shift. I knew I loved what I was doing because I could never stop talking about it. I loved spending time with the kinds, I loved teaching something I felt so strongly about, and I loved the feeling that I was doing something with a purpose.

Teaching swim lessons has become something I hold very dear to my heart and I plan to continue to find ways to fit it into my life in some way. It helped me grow and mature, and it helped me realize that I want to work with kids again someday because it is one of the most rewarding things to do. I get choked up thinking about all the kids and parents that have conveyed to me how much they have appreciated and enjoyed my teaching.

The kiddos and their families made every second of the damaged hair, dry skin, and constant smell of chlorine worth it. Teaching swim lessons has taught me so much and has been one of the best experiences of my life. I am so appreciative for something that has been such a positive impact on me. No matter what career path I go down I feel that somehow I will find my way back to teaching because the feeling that it gives me is like no other.

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An Argument for the Trades and Why College Isn't for Everyone

If you hope to land a well-paying job, you better have a college education.

From the day we step foot into kindergarten, it's engrained in our brains that we need to go to college. If you hope to land a well-paying job, you better have a college education.

But we're reaching a point where a bachelor's degree is like a high school diploma: everyone has one. College kids are graduating with tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt, and many wind up working jobs that barely make ends meet.

Of course, this isn't the story for every college graduate. But for those who want a good-paying job and would rather not attend college, there's another option: the trades.

In 2015, NPR ran a story that encouraged millennials to consider a career in trades. According to the report, economists say there are millions of well-paying jobs in the trades, which includes plumbing, HVAC and electricians.

In fact, some trades pay more than jobs that require college degrees. The average electrician earns $5,000 more than the average college graduate. And with the baby boomer generation retiring, we're going to be needing skilled workers to fill these positions.

Here's a look at the average salaries of some of the most popular skilled trades careers:

  • Aircraft Mechanic: $49,000
  • Pipefitter: $49,000
  • Driver: $51,000
  • Sheet Metal Mechanic: $47,000
  • Painter: $35,000
  • Machinist: $37,000
  • Maintenance Mechanic: $38,000
  • Subway Operator: $60,000
  • Locomotive Engineer: $63,000
  • Aerospace Operations: $61,000
  • Elevator Installer/Repairer: $73,000

For those who aren't excited at the prospect of attending college, the trades offer an alternative that still allows you to earn a good living.

Trade schools are also much cheaper, and training doesn’t typically take four years. Tuition costs have increased by 300% since 1990. The average bachelor's degree costs over $100,000 – up to $150,000 if the degree is financed entirely through loans.

Many community colleges offer training for the trades, and tuition can be as low as $2,000 a semester. Training is quick, too, lasting six months to two years. In most cases, the trades offer hands-on training or on-the-job training that makes it easier to transition to the real-world work environment.

If you're worried about availability of jobs, don't be. There are positions in the trades in every part of the country. You don't have to work for a small business either. For example, Mr. Rooter has franchises all over the country.

Skilled trades cannot be outsourced. Not only are there plenty of jobs, but there's increased job security with these positions. There will always be a need for electricians, plumbers, mechanics, welders and other similar positions. Bridges and roads will always be built here in the country. You can't outsource skyscraper projects overseas.

Without skilled trade workers, our country's infrastructure would literally crumble.

That leads me to another point: the trades can offer great job satisfaction. Our country literally depends on skilled trade workers to fix our roads, keep our cars running, make sure we have power and keep our plumbing working properly. Each day on the job, you know that your work is making a difference in some way and not just boosting a company's sales and profits.

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