Experiences of Council Jobs
I work at my local central library. The pay is good, at £7.01 an hour, and I earn the same as full time library assistants. The work is easy, but not very wide ranging. My main duties are usually to shelve the returned books, and to tidy the shelves. However, each time I work, I usually have a couple of hours on the front counter, issuing and discharging books. Discharging is easy - it involves taking a book from a customer, scanning it, and dealing with any fines on the customer's card. Issuing involves stamping a book with the return date, and scanning it out to the customer. I also have to do an hour each time in the Junior Library. That's pretty easy - I just shelve books, deal with customer enquiries and book children onto the computer system. Sometimes, I am asked to work on the mobile library. I work every other Saturday from 9am to 4pm, with an hour unpaid lunch. I also regularly get casual work for after school or in the holidays.
Advantages : Good pay, easy job, nice staff, not much hard work, inside in the warm.
Disadvantages : Rude customers, out of touch managers, early Saturday mornings, bad heating/air con system in the building which dries you out, can be busy.
Overall : Worth working there, despite all the disadvantages. I'm only 16, and I'm earning £7.01 an hour :). Go for it!
I work for Telford & Wrekin libraries which is a group of about 8 libraries, and as a casual library assistant I can work in any of them. I've done some casual work in 2 other libraries, but I have one main one, and I work most Saturday mornings 9:30 - 1 for £6.20 an hour. As its casual, you don't have to accept the work and they don't have to offer it which in reality means its not like other jobs where the boss gets angry if you keep booking time off. It's a small-average library which means mostly you do all duties at once, not just assigned to one (different from large libraries). Generally, I hang round on the front desk dealing with issueing/discharging, putting people on computers, answering the phone etc. While there, I get to use my initiative to see what needs doing e.g. some shelving, putting new date labels on books, dealing with requests from other libraries etc. The hardest part personally, is dealing with requests for books and I'm still trying to remember the lengthy proccess.
Adv: Good pay, don't have to work when its inconvenient, get to use your initiative, not always told what to do.
Disadv: Mornings, trying shelving books alphabetically when you've got a hangover/still slightly drunk!. Also, it's quite difficult to actually get the job. I was lucky as I did my year 10 work experience in the main library in telford and could use some connections. I had to have a formal interview with a panel of 3 people and you have to have an enhanced CRB check.
Overall: I enjoy it, and would recommend it if you like books (spend half the time reading), and if you'd like something a bit peaceful. It is quite different depending on the size of the library though, so take that into consideration.
I work at my local leisure centre as a lifeguard. The pay is very good at £6.87 and stays constant no matter your age or how long you've been working there. The only problem with being a lifeguard is that you have to go on a weeks training course which costs anywhere between £150-£200 and in some cases it is free if your instructor is training as an instructor themselves. The course is monday- sunday 9-4 with an exam on the last day so that you become qualified to become a lifeguard, this consists of theory work which is first aid and fire safety, then there's a practical which involves a timed swim which is 20 metre swim, 20 metre tow in under 75 seconds and a 20metre swim and 10 metre tow of an unconcious casualty for under 60 seconds so you have to be a fairly strong swimmer. You also have learn a varied amount of tows depending on the persons injury and also how to use a spinal board. Once you have your qualification you have to train once a month for 2 hours, but you get paid for it.
The job itself is fairly easy depending on how busy the pool is and what type of pool you work at, more is required than just sitting on poolside you also have to scrub the changing rooms at the end of the day, but this is only if you do an evening shift which if you're a student you will most likely be doing, scrubbing isn't that hard its just the heat in the changing rooms that make it quite tiring especially at the end of a long shift. You can also train to do dryside work which is setting up equipment in the sports hall for different classes, keeping things tidy, taking out the bins, doing stock checks, this can be quite tiring if its a busy day but when its quiet you usually find yourself sitting in the staff room with nothing to do or just wondering around.
Getting a contract at the leisure centre can be quite hard though as part time contracts are hard tyo come by so most students are usually casual life guards, which means you take shifts which are going free but are not obligated to do shifts. The plus side of this is that if you don't want to work alot of hours you don't have to and you choose what hours you do. The downside of this is that usually you're fighting over shifts with other casual lifeguards and in some cases can go about a month without a shift if there aren't many going. If you are lucky enough to get a weekend contract you work every other weekend and get paid time and a half on a saturday and double time on a sunday (casual lifeguards still get this pay if they work on weekends) you also get first choice of casual shifts, just don't be greedy as the casual lifeguards may get very angry with you.
Overall it is worth becoming a lifeguard as it is excellent pay, a fairly easy job and you make friends fast with the people you work with as you have to work as a team. I recommend it to anyone who can swim :)