In spite of what Phil says, it has not been that easy to get a job in my SS. Typically the hiring rate is 2-3 for every 5 that take the hiring clinic. I am generally impressed by the quality and potential of most of the rookies that I encounter each season. I'm also glad that I don't have to go through the hiring clinic again. I thought that I was pretty good my first year and I wasn't bad, but I am WAY better as an instructor now and get better every year. IMO there is no substitute for full time experience.
The idea that you can use a job as a ski instructor to improve your own skiing. This was true in my case. I had to relearn how to ski starting with the wedge . A few years of low level lessons and the demos that go with them really cleaned up my skiing. It turned out that I really loved teaching skiing and will probably do it full time for as long as I am able. I tell everyone that teaching skiing is a job. If you don't like the job, and not everyone does, it's going to suck for you. When you are teaching you should be focused on the student. Any learning you do is incidental. It's going to be hard for you if you need to be skiing black diamonds and you are on the bunny slope everyday. It's going to be even harder if you have the attitude that your clients are tourons or gapers. Some people would be better off participating in a race program or season long lesson program for locals than trying to teach.
I wasn't referring to a Jackson Hole (or Aspen, Squaw, Taos and other exclusives mountains), areas that are very selective in their ski school (and consider their school as an asset and not a liability). I was referring to the resorts that just require bodies to teach the bus loads of people that come in from out of town on day trips and weekend jaunts, which is almost every resort within driving distance from him back east. I don't think he wants to (or is ready to) teach at Jackson..yet...but seeing how he has caught the ski bug..I could see him abandoning everything in real life and becoming a full time skier and moving to the mountains.