Nailed it! Got the job! Now what?
You decided you wanted to do a season. You looked for, and applied for, various jobs. You got the job. It’s all going to plan so far.
Before you head off to your new adventure, just take a minute to read Cookie’s advice on what to do next …… he’s been there, and done it, so you’ll thank him for it!
Locations and team dynamics
The most important thing to do initially is check the date on your passport – is it still valid?! Essential if you’re doing a season abroad, but not so vital if you’re heading to Cornwall!
Some companies will tell you where you’ll be going as part of the job offer. If this is the case for you, then it’s time to start reading and researching – find out everything you can about the place you’re going to be calling home for the next few months.
Many companies bring lots of staff together pre-season for a communal training period before placing you in your resorts, so they can assess the team dynamics and see how you interact as a group. It’s in the employer’s interest to place all the seasonnaires together once they’ve seen if they have rapport, trust and friendship together.
It’s not uncommon for you to be told you’re going to France, but don’t know where in the early stages. This can be a little annoying as your friends and family can’t book holidays to see you until you know your exact location, but you will find out as soon as the teams have been decided.
Towels and hard cash
Generally you will receive loads of pre-departure information with advice on what you’ll need to bring and what will be supplied for you – read it all carefully. There is often key pieces of info in there that you’ll need to make sure you have, maybe specific footwear for work that you must bring, or maybe advice on local laws that companies must follow, such as providing birth certificates to obtain local visas (only an example but worth reading the information carefully).
On the whole access to bank withdrawals are easy enough, so you won’t need to take lots of cash, but it’s worth checking with your bank for charges overseas or telling them you’ll be away to ensure your card doesn’t get frozen. There are loads of bank accounts that offer free currency exchange and withdrawals – just do your research.
Don’t be a stranger
Check your phone contract – generally you can use UK phones overseas without issue (we used to buy local sim cards everywhere), but it’s worth checking with your provider to see how your allowances change and what you might get charged for.
There is often a limit of 20-30gb of internet (even if your contract is unlimited), and beware of sending media messages, as often there is a hidden charge for them – stick to message apps that use wifi or data.
You decide the essentials
Now you have got the job and all the information, it’s time to start packing!
What you’ll need obviously depends on your role and where you’ll be based. Remember where you’re going (usually) are tourist spots, so it’s not like you’re cut off from the world and need to pack your entire life with you!
With a lot of things take essentials to get you by for a few days and buy what you’ll need for the duration from the local supermarkets- no need to take dozens of shampoos or products for example (unless you’re fussy about brands). Save your case space for other things!
Pharmacies and medical centres are generally on hand, but take prescriptions if you need them, or a letter from your doctor to access medicines abroad. Take the basics such as a few painkillers and first aid kit, and grab whatever else you need when you get there.
You’ve got the job, got the info and got the kit! Go for it!
Cookie has lots more valuable advice for you as a seasonnaire – read his fun and thoughtful articles here.
My life couldn’t be more active! As a full-time instructor, coach & trainer, I thrive seeing others enjoy sports as much as I do.
My passions are windsurfing, skiing and snowboarding, and I love trying to inspire people to get active through social channels (and some polite peer pressure of course!).
I’m into all kinds of sports – basically anything that gets me outside and moving!
A particular love is speed-riding – like low-level parachuting with skis on, high speed skimming across the snow.
Find me a sport I haven’t tried and I’d love to give it a go!
My seasonal journey began straight from college, and is now split into two seasons.
Through the winter I live in Alpe d’Huez, working as ski and snowboard instructor and off-piste guide for the local ESF school. I teach everything from beginners to advanced and off-piste on both skis and a board. I started winters with the simple love of being in the mountain and riding.
I have done a wide mix of jobs over the years that allowed me to ski and board a lot – bars, hotels, chalets, repping and operations management. It’s amazing the people you meet through the years and opportunities that arise.
My skills were improving over the seasons, particularly in back-country and off-piste. I then became friends with the director of a local ski school while in the ski resort Flaine, who encouraged me to work for him the following year, to train and become an instructor with his school. The rest, as they say, is history (thanks again Theo!).
Through my winter life I’ve also been lucky enough to hook up with a number of brands as a sponsored athlete and brand ambassador. Huge thanks to Whitedot Ski, Planks Clothing, Cassette Optics and OLFI action-cameras for all your help and support.
The summer sees me working as a Resort Manager for Neilson Holidays. I’ve worked summers with them since 2006, across Turkey, Egypt and Greece in a variety of roles, leading me to now head up the operations in one of our Beach Club resorts. Our centres include windsurfing, sailing, stand-up paddling, biking, tennis, fitness, waterskiing & wakeboarding, and kids clubs. The last few summers I’ve been in the Cosmos Hotel, Vassiliki, a mecca for watersports with some epic biking and fitness facilities available too!
If anyone is looking for advice or to chat through options for work and overseas life, feel free to contact me at email@example.com or via my Instagram feed at @cookiesport