The “Expectations Vs. Reality” meme is funny, but it’s not so funny when you’re living it. When you get offered a job you’ve been wanting, it is easy to let your mind wander and come up with grand expectations. However, you’ll adjust so much easier to your new surroundings if you limit your expectations.
First of all, let’s go over what not to expect:
- Don’t expect glamorous housing. Usually you’ll be crammed into a dorm with too many people and too few showers. It sounds awful and sometimes it is, but most of the time it’s actually pretty fun.
- Don’t expect to be rolling in dough. Let’s be real, you’re there for the experience, not the money. You make enough to live on and that’s what counts. Bonus points if you work somewhere that also provides food, extra bonus points if the food is edible.
- Don’t expect to have an easy job. You’re going to work your butt off. Sometimes you’ll be so tired after work that you won’t even want to go out and explore. You’ll probably work weekends and you may not have the same days off as your friends.
- Don’t expect to be best friends with your coworkers on the first day. These things take time. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to make friends the first few days. Just be relaxed and you’ll find your people. That being said; don’t be a recluse. You have to get out and do things to make friends.
If that didn’t scare you off, you’re in for a great time!!! Here’s what you can expect:
- Do expect to make friends with your roommates/housemates. Close quarters may not be ideal, but it makes for great friendships. You’ll eat together, clean together, laugh together, and not get enough sleep together. You’re only there for a short time, so just embrace it. When it’s time to go back to your own room, you’ll miss it.
- Do expect to have some extra cash for adventures. This one is important because, it’s kind of the whole reason you’re there. If you were just looking for a way to put money in your saving account, you could’ve gotten a job at home. But, since you’re there you might as well take any money you don’t need to live on and put it towards some fun things. Do some touristy things, go to a concert, or maybe even go skydiving. But, keep in mind these things can add up, so take advantage of the free events in the area too.
- Do expect your job to be rewarding. It may not be your dream job, but it’s a means to an end. And that “end” is getting to live in a cool place and have the opportunity to do some pretty awesome things. When you look back on your time there, you’re going to remember all the fun you had, not how much work you did.
- Do expect to make lifelong friends. It may take a while for things to fall into place, but once you find your friends, it is going to be so hard to leave them. Living and working together is a unique experience and it forms a bond that can span the times apart. (I realize that sounds cheesy, but it’s true!) The best part is, you’ll have people from all over the country/world to go visit.
As the Boy Scouts say, “Always Be Prepared”, I hoped this helped you prepare for your summer (or Spring/Fall/Winter) job!!