Since I graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2013, I've been chasing winters in Mammoth Lakes, CA and summers in Encinitas, CA. Every summer I lifeguard with California State Parks at the Northern San Diego beaches. This job is both mentally and physically challenging and it requires you to constantly be on your toes. As a lifeguard, I wear many different hats. This could entail office work, maintenance work or more commonly, talking to the public about safety concerns on the beach. I also wear the hat of Junior Lifeguard Instructor which means managing thirty to forty kids at a time. This job has made me extremely well rounded and taught me hard work and dedication.
In the winter, I've had two different jobs. For the first two winters in Mammoth, I was an agent in the call center for 1-800-Mammoth. This job required talking on the phone for up to 8 hours a day, helping guests books their vacations, and solving any problems a guest might be having with their reservations or profiles on Mammothmountain.com. I sold over one million dollars worth of products including lift tickets, flights, hotel rooms, ski rentals, ski lessons, and snowmobile adventures. This helped Mammoth reach higher sales goals and took me to the next step as a call center agent. I learned more about running a mountain in the ski industry, marketing, and inside sales.
The second job I had in Mammoth, for the past two winters, is being a Ski Instructor. This is another job that requires mental and physical toughness, with the unpredictability of the mountain weather at the same time. I have to be able to multitask by keeping my students safe, making sure they have fun, and also making sure they learn something. This job requires extensive knowledge of the mechanics of skiing. It requires a ton of physical training along with learning knew methods for teaching all different levels of skiing. I took my Level I certification to increase my pay and to add to what I have to offer as a ski instructor. To pass, I had to show that I could ski technically correct and that I could teach at a level that met all PSIA requirements.
These three jobs have made me a very well rounded individual and I've learned something special from each one. I am now at a point in my life where I want to launch my career with a more stable, year round, full time job. I can learn quickly and easily and I have a very positive attitude!