I loved playing with the kids for 8 hours a day. The hardest part of the job was when they didn't listen to you, and you were burnt out by the end of the week. The most rewarding thing about working with kids though is that they idolize and admire you. I was always called their favorite counselor, which made my day.
Working at the YMCA is awesome. The hardest part of the job is there is not much support for career advancement. Everything else is great. Your coworkers, members, board members, direct management such great people and everyday you feel you've made a difference. However there is not much connection between corporate and the individual branch. No career advancement past part time employment without a degree even if you have worked there for many years, have the best sale records and have worked in every single part time position. I would work there again if I needed a part time job but, if you are looking for career advancement through experience and non-conform educational experience (i.e. lots of classes and certificates but no degree) then this is not the place for you.
great atmosphere, purpose, great coworkers, awesome members
No career advancement through expereince, no benefits
Lifeguarding was fun but it is a long slow job. duties include watching the pool, keeping pool area tidy, preforming minimal custodial duties in pool area. management could have been better but did their best for what they had. The guards were familiar with who everyone was but there was not a close nit group within the workplace.
I worked at the YMCA during summers throughout college and absolutely loved it. You work with individuals mostly around your age (if swim instructing, life guarding, or working at a camp) which helps build a sense community and camaraderie. Manager's often came to workers offering to help them find jobs at YMCA's around their college campus during the school year to make extra cash. If you give your time willingly and devote yourself to your craft the managers notice and will actively seek to help you. I would highly recommend working at the YMCA.
I have been working at through the YMCA for about 3 years now. I have switched YMCAs and had a very easy process of doing this. The workers and administration are always helpful in handling the needs of their employees.
Working and being a part of the haverhill YMCA community was one of the greatest things I had done I learned how to work with different surroundings as well as knowing how to attend to people in the right manner
I learned how to build my confidence, step out of my comfort zone, and meet with are people who can help me in my future. The Y is a very diverse workplace, and my favourite part is interacting with the families and young kids.
hand make gifts from the little kids.
can get very busy at some times and very empty at others.
The job is good as a first job for someone under the age of 19. The management is pretty bad though. The hours were flexible but the aquatics director is nice but very strict. She replaced the former director, whom I enjoyed as a boss a lot more. And minimum wage.
Working at Camp Orkila was easily one of the best experiences I have ever had. I spent the entire summer working as a lifeguard and camp counselor, and didnt even fully realize how much of an impact it had on me until after the summer concluded. But I have never been happier and feeling more content than in this position.
When working with the YMCA, you can feel like your work matters and that you are contributing to the common good in most positions. The team mentality is strong and coworkers are generally friendly, uplifting people due to the nature of the work. The compensation is less than desirable, but at least the benefits aren't bad. I wasn't salaried but I did get a gym membership and a pool membership for free.
As an aquatics employee, I think that the environment is especially well suited for teenagers and students returning from university. It is a good way to get your foot in the door as a lifeguard/ instructor. You may not get paid as much as the city, but it is a good way to get experience on your resume for future jobs.
You have to be able to think quick on your feet when working in a fast pace environment. I think the hardest thing about working at the ymca was that sometimes the staff was not punctual and there was very minimal communication that took place which made it hard for everyone to work together properly