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Site Manager

June - September 2020 • Kodiak, AK

What I liked

I loved the chance to lead people my age and teach them how to perform our duties.

What I wish was different

I wish I had demonstrated more patience with my subordinates some of the time, but I believe I improved over the course of the job.

Advice

Mental endurance is a key part of this job and something you can only develop by putting yourself through it.
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Deckhand

June - August 2019 • Naknek, AK

What I liked

I loved the variety of responsibilities this job included. Living on a boat itself required smooth collaboration and communication with my co-workers, who I lived with for fifty days straight. My day-to-day duties included things like cooking, cleaning, repairs, organizing, and driving the boat. On days we offloaded fishing boats, I was in charge of keeping records of the catch, and giving a bill of sale to the fishermen. I also enjoy how much of the commercial fishing industry depends on things that are out of one's control, such as: weather, salmon returns, and when fishing is open or closed.

What I wish was different

Nothing.

Advice

Find a crew that respects you and supports you!
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Label Creator

June - July 2018 • Naknek, AK

What I liked

I was able to work in Alaska and experience something completely different. I worked 16+ hours a day at a salmon processing plant. It was amazing to experience a new industry and see where the food for millions around the world from Anchorage to Seattle to Beijing get their food.

What I wish was different

Sometimes the work became repetitive but ultimately, I'm not sure I really wish anything was different. Nothing is perfect, but it was a great experience.

Advice

I would say to not be afraid to extend outside your comfort zone. Working in Alaska, 7,000 miles from my home and on the job for 16+ hours a day can take a physical and emotional toll on you. However, if you push yourself to be uncomfortable and then make the best of those situations, you will only make yourself stronger.
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