Students interested in finding summer jobs or learning more about particular career choices have a number of resources available to them in the community.
Both the City of Aiken and Aiken County offer paid positions for students interested in summer employment, particularly geared toward parks and recreation.
City of Aiken Human Resources Director Alicia Davis said while there is currently a limited number of summer jobs available with the City, typically, lifeguard, camp counselor and water safety instructor positions are offered.
She said students look early for summer jobs and that positions with the City are posted as early as February.
The City also offers job shadowing opportunities for students interested in learning more about a career.
“We're always open for that,” she said. “Sometimes we even have job shadowers that actually aren't students, but adults looking for a career change.”
High school career counselors also offer help for students interested in learning more about a career or finding employment.
Tiffany Palmer, a career counselor at South Aiken High School, said the school provides job assessment and evaluations for students, which can be tied to potential job shadowing.
If a student is interested in becoming a doctor, for instance, the school can arrange a job shadowing opportunity at a hospital as well as provide background information regarding such information as level of schooling and salary, she said.
She added that an online search for summer jobs can be helpful for students as well as contacting the local office for S.C. Works, an organization that offers a variety of resources for job seekers.
Several other local organizations and businesses also offer summertime jobs, especially for those looking for more seasonal employment.
Orry Courtney, a representative with the local YMCA, said that ordinarily, no less than 30 lifeguards are hired at the YMCA pool. The pool opens May 25, he said, but lifeguards see the heaviest hours during the summer break for schools.
He added that the YMCA also hires camp counselors each summer, but applicants must be at least 18 years old.
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• Michael Ulmer covers the county government beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since March 2013. He is a native of North Augusta and majored in political science at the University of South Carolina.