Do you dread the idea of working in a cubicle?
Are you uncertain down which path you want to take your career?
Are you interested in exploring an unfamiliar place?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should consider seasonal work. Seasonal jobs are a great way to travel the world, learn interesting skills, and have experiences of a lifetime. These types of jobs usually last 4-6 months at a time, i.e a full summer or winter season, usually in order to fulfill duties required of high tourist times.
In my previous post Season for a Reason, I outline the major perks of seasonal jobs. From guiding zipline tours through the rainforest canopy to bartending at the edge of the Grand Canyon, there’s a multitude of job options to suit all types of interests.
To those who are inexperienced in seasonal jobs, the process of obtaining one might seem allusive.
Simply put, the internet is your best friend. There are a few websites that make searching exceptionally convenient. Cool Works, Job Monkey, and Back Door Jobs are invaluable resources for finding seasonal work. You can base your job preferences on season, location, or type of job; Based on your criteria, a myriad of options will present themselves in a neat alphabetized list. Find some that seem appealing, then apply like you would any other job.
During the process, it’ll help to keep a few things in mind:
Most seasonal businesses do their hiring a few months in advance, so do your searching and applying accordingly.
Side note: Of course, you can always take the spontaneous route in obtaining seasonal work. Depending on what time of job you’re interested in doing on your seasonal adventure, you may not need to apply months in advance. Some restaurant jobs, for example, will consider hiring only after a face-to-face meeting with an applicant. So if you’re feeling like rolling the dice, pick the place you want to go and go there, then find a job subsequently.
(I prefer the internet research/apply beforehand route myself, but to each his own.)
Be flexible and be committed.
You are guaranteed to be in good standing at your seasonal job as long as you make an honest effort to work hard. So many people enter seasonal gigs with a mindset to partypartyparty, and these people become the stuff of nightmares to seasonal employers. Have fun, remember you’re there to work, and all will be well in your world.
It won’t be your dream job.
But that’s not the point, is it? The wonderful thing about seasonal work is that it allows you to travel, to meet exciting and diverse people, to experience new cultures, and to learn life lessons and probably a thing or two about yourself along the way. Maybe taking a step back from “the real world” will even help you find a way to achieve your dream job in the future.
Go for it.
I’ve had a lot of people tell me they are interested in taking on a seasonal work adventure, but can’t, really, because of student loans or car payments or apartment leases, etc. Guess what? Those are just excuses. You can go do seasonal work and not be financially further behind than where you are now. As long as you’re not going out every day spending money on food and (more expensively) drink, I can almost guarantee you’ll save money. By the end of the season, you could easily make thousands of dollars to pay toward your student loans. Or whatever your excuse was.