By Breana Lee
As full-time students, many students at Davis High resort to seasonal jobs. While balancing extracurricular activities may be a challenge, jobs offer many skills and benefits for students, such as work experience, time management and money.
Common summer jobs for DHS students include swimming instructor, lifeguard, camp counselor, and working at an ice cream parlor. As the season changes from summer to fall and the school year begins, students may also be found working at pumpkin patches, coffee shops, the farmers market, or tutoring.
Junior Tazio Rosenberg spent his summer working as a lifeguard this summer at Arroyo and Manor pools and recommends that other students to get a job.
“I wanted to work for the City of Davis because I had volunteered before and I wanted to get paid this summer,” Rosenberg said.“During the summer you have so much free time. It’s also a good work experience, you can put it on resumes and college apps, plus money.”
Teenagers often search for jobs for a variety of reasons including money, new experiences and something to put on a college application.
“A lot of students apply for jobs with the city for some extra summer money or to help with college applications, but some truly enjoy working with children, and lots of kids go through our programs. In aquatics alone, we service about 30,000 patrons at our pools every summer,” Holly Shayegi, the Aquatics Program Coordinator for the City of Davis, said.
She suggested that seasonal jobs are a great opportunity to get job experiences that can sometimes work around a student’s school schedule, and having a job allows students to give back to the community when they work with children.
Senior Kristy Nguyen coaches dance and gymnastics year round. She got a job because she wanted to start saving up for her college tuition. Through her work, she has gained work skills and experience from her job.
“Having a job gives you a lot of life skills and an insight to what it will be like to have a boss and coworkers,” Nguyen said.
Junior Christina Maguire works as a lifeguard. Through her job, she has learned that students who work have to be able to organize their schedules well.
“You have to be good with time management. Having a job definitely helps prepare me for the ‘real world’ and I feel like now I’m more prepared for a job later in life,” Maguire said.
Sophomore Chloe Meyer, who works at Impossible Acres pumpkin patch during the fall with junior Jenna Meyer, agrees with Maguire.
“[Managing your time can be] a little bit challenging, but if you’re focused it’s not that hard,” Meyer said.
Not only do jobs teach you to work with others, they can also offer valuable connections.
When junior Kate Honig isn’t restocking or making drinks at the Common Grounds coffee shop, she interacts with her co-workers.
“I actually really like working with older college or graduate students because I can ask them any questions I have,” Honig said.
Jenna Meyer’s job at the pumpkin patch has helped her to reach out to people she doesn’t know.
“Having a job helps you learn how to work with other people that you don’t necessary want to so it gives you social skills,” Meyer said.