During the summer of 2017, I worked as a lifeguard at a public pool in Motomachi, Yokohama Japan. I worked there for around 4 months. It was my first job experience in the real world. This was my first time working in a new community of other workers and actually getting paid. This experience in the professional world has made me realise many things.
My job consisted of three different positions: Tower, patrol, and control. Tower was where I sat on a high chair to overlook the whole pool for any major accidents. Patrol was where I walked around to check if there are less noticeable accidents or if there was anyone breaking the rules. Control was like the headquarters. If there were any problems, the customers came to the control area to ask for help. I personally enjoyed control the most as I was able to communicate and engage with customers.
In this paid work experience, I was able to learn many things such as organisation skills and skill to adapt. I was able to develop my pre-existing skill of communication as well. However I would like to talk about my organisation skills as it has affected me the most. When working with salary, it is next accepted to be late or to forget your things. As a worker it is my responsibility to stay organised and come on time and bring my belongings. In one of my shifts, I arrived to work 3 minutes before the time of my shift. However my manager was irritated as in japan, there is an unspoken rule that you have to be ready 10 minutes prior to the shift. I did not know this which had led me to the situation. This taught me realise the importance of asking question and staying organised. At first I was underestimating the seriousness of the work as it was my first time. However with this, I learnt that I had to be serious and ask questions if I don’t understand something. I had to know and I was responsible for myself. This made me realise the importance of staying organised as it heavily part takes in my success.