If you’re a high school student looking to earn your "volunteer credits" and possibly snag a summer job, read on!
The Test Drive Your Career program is a new initiative at Breezy Bend Country Club on Roblin Boulevard in Headingley.
This flexible offering has been developed by general manager Cory Johnson and his team in conjunction with several Winnipeg high schools.
Sometimes when we think of a golf course we don’t always consider all the facets that keep it operating efficiently.
Not only can you learn about turf care and irrigation from greenskeeper Marvin Doerksen and his team, there are several other aspects to the outdoor work at the course, such as the mechanical servicing of equipment and landscaping design that can be explored.
Inside the clubhouse there are opportunities to learn about accounting systems or to work alongside award-winning executive chef Klaus Leiendecker and his team as a way of sampling the restaurant and hospitality industry.
While it is true that several positions in the golf industry are seasonal, many courses offer year-round banquet facilities, and weddings and other functions require that many key personnel can work year-round. Working alongside the club’s events planning team will enable students to learn the ins and outs of all the details that make an event a success.
If you volunteer in the pro shop, you might just be able to find about what golf professionals do all winter?
Depending on your school and your credit needs, it may be possible to visit Breezy Bend for a day or to do a week or two of work experience.
If you like what you are doing, you could be offered a job for the summer.
This could be just the experiment to help you figure out if the golf industry holds any career options for you.
Check with your school offices to see if you can participate. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
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Valerie Chatain-White is a community correspondent for Headingley. You can contact her at email@example.com