Ahhh, summertime and the living is anything other than easy if you have to work. If you’re not able to land an internship (or not wealthy enough to do an unpaid one), then you’re most likely looking at getting a crappy summer job!
What makes a job crappy, you ask? A number of things but most of them are seasonal, service based jobs like working at the movie theaters, nannying (depending on your kids), ice creams shops, being a sign flipper, etc. On top of that, you’re most likely getting paid pennies on the dollar for your indentured servitude. I’ve worked my fair share of crappy jobs and often had these thoughts running through my head:
1. It’s a thankless job. “Respect” basically becomes your summer anthem. Is it so hard for customers, employers, children, etc. to show a little bit of gratitude for the service you’re providing? The answer is YES, it’s so hard. Most likely no one is saying thanks and the first person who does becomes your knight in shining armor. Don’t scare them off by crying tears of joy.
2. You’d rather have a foot massage than anything else in the world. You’re standing on your feet all day and walking around forever. If you have a relief mat, thank your lucky stars but even that becomes ineffective. I suggest learning the art of meditation and imagining you’re no longer in your physical body, that’s about the only way to cope. Or learn astral projection.
3. “No, I don’t want to hang out at…” The only “perk” that comes with working at a movie theater, ice cream shop, amusement park, etc. is that you get a discount. That’s fine and great for your friends who don’t work there and want to partake on your good fortune but the thing they won’t understand is that your workplace is the last place in the world you want to be. You may come off as the worst friend ever but they’ll get over it.
4. “You know, it’s only temporary.” Rather you’re saying it to yourself or someone else is reminding you of that fact, it still is the most obnoxious thing to say. Yes, it’s only temporary but it feels like you’re trapped in the ninth circle of hell. Actually, the fifth or seventh circle may be more accurate because you will be angry at your life and potentially violent as a result.
5. You’re working for gas money. The only thing that can make a crappy summer job more crapptastic is when you’re making minimum wage. What does minimum wage buy anyone really? A tank of gas! Gas prices are up during the summer, your wage is down and at the end of the day you only have enough money to get yourself to and from work.
6. Most of your co-workers are babies. Who else needs summer jobs? High schoolers! Even though you won’t be that much older than them, some of them can make you feel downright geriatric. And good luck trying to find a summer fling when most of your prospects can’t even drive.
Don’t worry! It is only temporary after all. And at the end of it you’ll come out with more character. Or at least that’s what you’ll tell your future job interviewers.