• What it takes to get the job

So my first job was with the City of Davis in the parks and rec department. I had volunteered with them for two years prior to going in for the actual position. I remember it was my sophomore year in high school around January and I was talking to the camp coordinator for all main city camps when the hiring interviews for camp counselor position would start.

We had a rapport going on because he happens to be the volunteer coordinator when I was volunteering so I already knew him pretty well.

So one day after school I took the fifteen-minute walk from my school to the city hall and asked if he could help me prepare for the hiring interview. He said of course, so every day for about 3 months I went to his office after school to prepare for my interview. I was there so often I got to know the other people in the office such as his supervisor, coworkers, etc.

The hiring interview day was finally upon us, I arrived at the interview feeling fully prepared. I still picture how the room was set up 3 table spread out in this room, 2 people at a table. I remember walk in and seeing the camp coordinator and another counselor at 1st table, 2nd random people at another table, and the camp coordinator 2 supervisors sitting at the 3rd.

I couldn’t believe my luck I was able to pick which table I wanted to go to. I quickly started to walk to the 1st table when the supervisor called me out by name point at and said come here. At this point in time I just froze, this was not going how it was supposed to go. I looked of at the coordinator and his face just said “sorry can’t help you, good luck though”. I slowly started to walk over to his supervisor and sat down. His supervisor said “it would have been too easy for you to interview with him, you know what he looking for in answers.”

Fast forward to the end of my interview and the supervisor tells me good job will be in contact with you. I ended up getting the job and I have been work summer camps for about 4 years now.

When we routinely prepare ourselves for predictable or unexpected events in our lives, we enhance our own self-discipline. Being prepared means disciplining our selves to make time.

Being prepared can reduce fear, anxiety, and stress. In conclusion, I learned that while it is very important to be prepared, always expect the unexpected, and to remain calm.

Langston Gains

Langston Gains


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