Giving your child an allowance is a great way to teach them about money, but as they get older, they may want to have more control over their own spending and the amount that they have. Allowing your son or daughter to get a part-time job will help them learn responsibility, but also encourage them to save money. If you are a teen now and you are hoping to make some more money, getting a part-time job can help you bring in an income. A consistent job can also look great on your resume. Either way, if you are a parent looking for your child or a teenager looking for a job, there are many options that are open to you. How much you or your child can work will depend on the laws in your state, but they should also depend on how many activities the student is involved in, as well as the various family obligations. Here are five job types to consider.
1. An outside job
Students can really benefit from part-time jobs outside. There are many different options to consider; one obvious choice is a seasonal position. These positions include lifeguards, camp counselors, landscapers, and more. Working outside allows students to get fresh air, and minimizes the time spent sitting at a computer. Depending on the location, outside jobs might be harder to find during the school year, but there still are some. One is a newspaper delivery job (but age restrictions vary by state.) Another possibility is dog walking, helping with errands, or working at a zoo or other outside location that is open year round.
Babysitting has been a popular job for teens for many generations. Teens can babysit once in a while, just on the weekends, or develop a more regular schedule with one family or several different families. Babysitting allows teens to learn important life skills, including leadership, organization, and of course, child care skills. It’s best if the teen can get CPR certified to be safe. Pay for babysitters really varies, depending on the amount of children, and where the teen lives. One of the biggest advantages of babysitting is that the hours can be consistent or flexible, which is ideal for a teen’s busy schedule. Although teens can build relationships at any job, parents can be great references if teens are consistent, safe, and fun babysitters.
3. Something that the teen loves
Although many part-time jobs, especially beginner jobs, don’t pay much and are not a lot of fun, some can be. If the teen can find a job that aligns with their interests, the job can be doubly beneficial, because it will be fun but also a way to learn responsibility and earn money. There are many jobs that can encourage a teen to pursue their interests: if the student likes movies, they can work at a movie store or theater, and get free rentals or tickets. If the teen enjoys skating, they can consider working at a skating rink (the same is true of a job working at sporting events.) If they love animals, they can work at a shelter or a pet store. The more interested they are in the job that they have, the better.
4. Restaurant work
Many people’s first job involves working at a restaurant (and half of Americans have worked in a restaurant.) Restaurants hire dishwashers, and this is a pretty easy job to do with no previous experience. The job itself can be exhausting and demanding, but it is a good place to start. Sometimes people who start as dishwashers move up to become hosts or hostesses, which is a job that allows for growing responsibility and a chance to socialize and get to know customers and staff in a friendly way.
Another great job for teens is pizza delivery. The teen has to have a valid driver’s license, but this is a job that has flexible hours and the potential for a lot of tips. Many people enjoy the work because it has a mixture of alone time and time interacting with other people. However, the teen should always take extra steps to be careful, and this is only a good job if the teen and the parents feel comfortable with it.
5. Retail work
Retail can be one of the best avenues for a teen to get a part-time job. Many retail companies hire teens part-time, so opportunities are often available. A 2012 Hay Group study found that employee turnover in retail is slowly increasing; retailers reported that part-time store workers had a median turnover rate of 67 percent. Retail work can be monotonous and exhausting, but some people really enjoy it. Many teens can get discounts on clothing or other items by working in retail. Retail jobs can be fun for the right person; these jobs are ideal for teens who enjoy talking to other people, or are happy folding clothes and keeping a store organized and clean. Part-time retail jobs can also lead to careers; beginning as a part-time sales associate can lead to become a full-time employee and even a supervisor or manager.