September 19, 2014
By: Alex Corsi @acorsi17
How to Figure Out Your Career Goal by Sitting on a Beach
For the past two summers, I’ve worked on the beach as a lifeguard. My duties include saving lives, handing out Band-Aids, sitting in my chair and knitting (but only on cloudy days when there is no one at the beach). This summer was so fun, and I worked with my four closest friends and established great relationships with the other guards on staff. Surprisingly, I learned a lot about myself and my professional strengths and weaknesses from my place on top of the lifeguard stand:
- I love to socialize, especially professionally. I’m a people-pleaser, something I’ve always known about myself – and I love to talk. But lifeguarding has shown me that interacting with people – from friendly people wondering about the tide chart to not-so-friendly-people who make us explain in detail why inflatables have to be Coast Guard-certified – is something that comes naturally to me. I’m going to work with all types of clients in a public relations career, and I’m going to have to deal with infinite different types of people, so being able to talk to everyone and anyone is a good thing.
- Jobs that look easy aren’t always as easy as they seem. Whenever I complain about something that happened at work, my non-lifeguard friends tell me to shut it because I have the easiest job ever. While at times it’s nice to sit back in my Tommy Bahama chair and tan when there’s no one at the beach, there is one bad day for every good day. One day, there is no one at all on the beach and I don’t do so much as spray a jellyfish sting with vinegar. But the next day the beach is packed with people on every square-inch of sand and first aids happening every five minutes.
- I thrive off of helping people. My proudest moment was this past summer when I helped a woman who was having a diabetic emergency and needed medical attention ASAP. I called 9-1-1 and guided the paramedics through the situation. I loved every minute of it. I felt so happy that I was able to help the woman and her family, and she ended up being just fine. Lifeguarding has taught me that I feel so much more complete when I brighten someone’s day, even if it is just giving a smile and saying, “Welcome to Anchor Beach!” in my cheeriest voice. Choosing a career that requires me to help people will make me the happiest.
This semester, I hope to “find my place” in the public relations world. I am taking on the role of assistant account executive of the Prescribe Change account here at ImPRessions, and I’m very excited to be putting into action the PR plan I helped write last semester as an associate. I want to help guide our account toward success, and I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of fresh, interesting faces this year. Whether it’s in public relations or lifeguarding, I know there will always be a place for me, and I’m so happy I have the opportunity to find it.