At just 24 years of age, Clifton Springs born and bred Kye Olsen will celebrate a major milestone reaching his 10th anniversary working at Adventure Park later this month.
In an era when millennials are stereotyped for jumping between jobs, the St Ignatius and Deakin University graduate said he was proud to be employed for this long, having started work at the park as a Ride Attendant at just age 14.
“The job has definitely brought me out of myself and I’ve really developed my interpersonal skills working here.” He said.
“It’s a fun job where we get to make people happy and the hours are perfect for student schedules. I keep coming back because I really enjoy the people I work with and I love having a job where I get to be outdoors.”
According to a 2018 survey on Millennials by Deloitte, 43 per cent of young people age 21-35 expect to leave their job within two years. The survey quizzed 10,455 millennials across 36 countries and found that young people are looking for more than just a good pay day.
Positive workplace culture, personal development and diversity are just as important to keeping young people loyal to their employers, the survey said. Young workers are increasingly looking to work with organisations that match their personal values, it said.
And with nearly 90% of Adventure Park’s team under 25 years of age, the organisation considers itself influential in shaping the early careers of a lot of young people in Geelong.
“We take pride in knowing that we are a first job for a lot of our young crew” said Adventure Park General Manager Paul McConachy.
“We have a very high retention rate and offer lots of opportunity for our recruits to develop into more senior roles.”
“It’s been a delight to have Kye on board for ten years and watch him develop as a person. We know we won’t be able to hang on to him forever, but we’ll certainly try to be the best organisation we can to attract and retain great people.”
As Victoria’s biggest water theme park prepares for the opening of its 23rd season on 27 October, Adventure Park are recruiting Pool Lifeguards, First Aid Officers, Cleaners, Food & Beverage and Guest Services staff for October through to April. To apply or find out more visit their website www.adventurepark.com.au.
Adventure Park employs around 250 staff each season.