For military teens and college-age students, summer jobs can be tricky. You may be PCSing before summer begins, or PCS season may fall right in the middle of summer vacation. It can feel impossible for them to prepare for the skills they might need to land a summer job.
However, there is a job opportunity that our military kids can prepare for right now—the summer lifeguard. With MWR pools and community pools located on or near installations, lifeguards are guaranteed to be in high-demand.
In many states, teens as young as 14 can work as lifeguards. Lifeguarding can provide teenagers with job experience, spending money, and the chance to grow.
- They are responsible.
- They enjoy helping others.
- They are a strong swimmer.
- They enjoy being outdoors and around water.
- They are off during the summer months.
- They are willing to get certified as a lifeguard and in CPR and First Aid.
- Get Certified. The American Red Cross provides Life Guard, CPR, and First Aid certification courses on installations throughout the CONUS and OCONUS. Some organizations will provide funding for individuals to complete the training. Lifeguard jobseekers need to have certification in hand when applying, so it’s important to complete this training well before pool season begins.
- Find Positions. Visit MWR websites and reach out to community centers with pools. (Many MWR sites have already posted Lifeguard positions for this summer.)
- Apply. You can help your teen and make sure they collect all of the materials they need (certificates, references, etc.), but encourage them to put together their application independently and ask for your review. In addition to collecting all of their materials, they need to make sure they submit their packet on time. (If they need help putting together their resume, have them reach out to an MSCCN Employment Specialist.)
If lifeguarding doesn’t sound like the best fit for your teenager, have them connect with MSCCN. We can help them identify areas of interest as well as opportunities that may fit their employment needs.
Here’s to a summer of teenagers gaining some real-world experience!
Story by Jamie Boyle