I mentioned in a previous blog about how we have a lot of returning summer employees at Coppinwood this year.
That’s a big thing when the good ones return. The members are used to them or the public are used to them and the returning staff members understand the philosophy and culture of the club. A lot of times when you have new staff, it takes a month or two to get the philosophy and culture through to them,
Having said that, we have some great new hires, as well. You hear a lot about the attitudes of young people these days, but I think we still see a lot of people with great personalities.
I’m not sure that the attitudes of young people have changed, but times have changed. When I was going to university and high school, every one of my buddies had to work.
The generation I grew up in had to get the money to go to university and a lot of people are still in that situation, but the percentage may have changed.
Some young people may have to work because maybe their families want them to, or they need to work for university. A lot of people are not having to work, at least full-time in the summer, with things like Registered Education Savings Plans (RESP).
It may not be 100 per cent who need full-time summer employment – maybe it’s only 60 to 70 per cent, but I think they come with a good attitude.
I think that young people still understand that if they’re going to work – especially in a great environment like golf – it won’t just be easy street. They’re not just coming and saying, `I really don’t want to be here, but I need a job.’
We get a lot of good, young people out of golf management and hospitality programs, so a lot of people who are coming to Coppinwood for a summer job want to establish a career, so that’s a big thing.
If I’m going to be a doctor, for example, and I go to work at GM for the summer, I might have a different thought pattern than if I’m a golf management student who wants to be in the golf business applying for a job at Coppinwood.
We’re pretty lucky in the golf business that we get a lot of people who want to be in the golf business or hospitality industry all their lives. The result is that we get young people who are willing to learn.