Ranch reflection – Summer camp a challenging first job

Starting a new job can be terrifying, but at the same time very exciting. This summer, I started my first job ever, as a camp counselor. It was a summer full of ups and downs and many new experiences. From learning how to handle the kids to the rules of the different games we would play, it was a summer that brought me a very unique first job.

Kara Smith-Mustangs Ahead

Reflections icon (2)(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- I had volunteered at a summer camp for two years but working as a counselor was a whole new experience. It meant finding the balance between supervision and excitement.

Before starting the job, I had to endure the hiring process and the required trainings. The hiring process was a very stressful situation due to the waiting and uncertainty about whether I would be offered the job.

When I received the call that I had gotten the job, the stress turned to nerves.

During the process, I was told the rules and criteria involved with the job. I was also told that the hours I worked heavily depended on my co-workers and the number of children.

After being hired, I was required to go through training, fingerprinting, and drug testing. The training was a six-hour course and I also had to attend training for first aid/CPR. It took me a few days, but eventually I completed all my work and was ready to begin.

The first day was full of mundane procedures. I had to learn the daily schedule and then meet the kids and my coworkers. Overall, the day was tiring, with so many things learn, I was ready to go home.

Working was a lot harder than I expected, however, I was up for the challenge.

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