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June 5, 2013 / NextStepU

Your summer job could be a real snoozer

Rachel-graphicIs finding a summer job proving to be a bit harder than you thought it would be?

One retailer is actually looking for workers who are willing to sleep on the job.  The mattress retailer Sleepy’s announced an available position called the “Snooze Director.”  According to their representative, this position will require someone who “will be responsible for testing mattresses, blogging about sleep trends, and vlogging various sleep positions.”

What, you may ask, is the necessary experience one needs to be a Snooze Director?  They need to have “at least 18 years of sleeping experience.”  Adam Blank, Sleepy’s Chief Operating Officer, says that the company wants this position to go “to someone passionate about the importance of sleep.”

I don’t know about you guys, but I think this sounds awesome. I don’t think I’ve ever considered myself “passionate” about sleep, but I definitely look forward to it and want more of it. Constant classes, studying, homework and, in some cases, actual jobs have a way of wearing you down.

Anyways, this got me thinking about summer jobs and the varying degrees of their difficulty.  After all, this is the time to start thinking about what to do over the summer.  My first real job was working in the offices of an art museum. I look back on that summer fondly.  I had responsibilities and work; mostly errands for my supervisor and updating the museum donors’ information in a new computer.  In short, it was the perfect summer job.  It hit that sweet spot between constant stress and constant boredom.  I had work every day, but not enough to completely overwhelm me. It was a great experience, and might even rival Sleepy’s as the best job ever. Maybe not. That would be really hard.

In contrast, the worst summer job I ever had was after my freshman year, at a department store. This job was not hard, per se. But I did not like it. The customers were often rude, the hours were long and the job was boring. And if a coupon wouldn’t scan correctly, it was a complete nightmare for me. I actually got to the point where I looked forward to restocking clothes and shoes, just because it was work that would not get me yelled at.

Summer jobs, like any job, can be the best or worst experiences. Sleepy’s seems to be on the good side of the spectrum, but there are plenty more jobs out there that can happily pass your time.

What about you? Does anyone have summer job stories (good or bad) they want to share? Is anyone going to go for the Snooze Director position? Leave a comment!

— By Rachel M.

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