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Once you’ve completed some courses, exams and are a qualified ski instructor, what next? You probably want to teach given the qualification you’ve gained. If you’re not sure where to start then read on for some tips on how to find work with your qualification.
Look at the governing bodies.
As a ski instructor, you’ll be a registered member of one of the governing bodies i.e. BASI, NZSIA… A lot of them host a jobs board on their website so that will be a good first place to check. Check your governing body’s website but there are a few listed below:
Visit some general websites.
Season workers is one of the biggest websites for seasonal workers, for both the summer and winter seasons. They don’t tend to have that many ski instructor jobs listed as they focus mainly on the traditional chalet host, chef, driver and childcare jobs, but it’s worth checking just in case. Flying Fish and Natives are similar websites.
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Resort & ski school websites.
With the explosion of the online world, you’ll find almost every resort and ski school has their own website. A lot of the time ski schools will advertise vacancies on their websites so you just need to start looking around, and remember which countries your qualification might not be valid in. Resorts such as Whistler Blackcomb operate their own ski school and all recruitment is advertised on their website. Whistler Blackcomb also run a number of recruitment fairs through Canada leading up to the winter season where they hire the majority of their staff so keep an eye out for resorts or companies that do this as well.
Check out social media.
Many resorts and ski schools have their own social media accounts and will advertise their vacancies there as well, Whistler Blackcomb have a specific jobs Twitter account and other large resorts may do as well. Also, a number of seasonal workers or ski instructors are members of ‘groups’ on Facebook where they can chat about things going on, relevant information and jobs available. So find out which one is relevant to you, whether you’re a member of a governing body such as BASI or CSIA or if you’re interested in working in a particular resort, join the group, follow what’s going on and perhaps ask the question.
Word of mouth and networking.
By attending courses and exams, training with different companies and instructing 9once you’ve found a job) you’ll continually meet new people in the ski instructing world and the more and more contacts and knowledge of ski schools and work you’ll become aware of. You’ll become more aware of opportunities available, people will put in a good word for you at a ski school they work out, it’s no different to the general world of work in that who you know often exceeds the power of what you know.
Jobs after completing your ski instructor course.
A number of course providers offer you guaranteed employment if you achieve your qualifications at the end of gap course programmes or similar accelerated qualification courses. You may receive a reduced wage because of this, or your course may be subsidised if you work for a certain number of weeks. Check out companies like Interski in Italy and All Tracks Academy in Canada (sometimes called Internship courses in North America) who offer some of these benefits.
Speculative applications to ski schools & resorts.
If you have a particular ski school or resort in mind and they’re not really big enough to have a formal application process then there’s no harm in sending them a speculative application by email, or phoning them. If you’re emailing, outline in your email what you’re looking for and why you want to work for them in particular and then attach your CV with your relevant qualifications and experience on there. Make sure you make it specific to that ski school or resort though, don’t just send out a generic email to hundreds of ski schools. You never know where opportunities might present themselves.
It’s up to you now… In general, ski schools start recruiting at the end of each season for the next season, particularly in the northern hemisphere, and for the southern hemisphere they’ll start around Christmas time.