You may have different motivations for finding a paid job while in high school. Some of these jobs may not bring in much money, but the work experiences are valuable in other ways too. In just a few hours a day, you learn about responsibility, money management, people skills, teamwork, and professionalism. You also build self-esteem and learn how to succeed in the real world after high school graduation.
Can I handle a job?
Keep in mind that jobs are work. You are going to have to put in some effort, no matter how "cool" the job or company, so be prepared for some days to not be as great as others. Remember that you are earning money, gaining experience and making good contacts and references.
Do I have what it takes?
Employers are looking for motivated teens who are going to arrive to work on time, have a positive attitude, work hard, work well with others, show initiative or leadership qualities, work their full shift and do the best job they can. You need to prove to your employer that you are a good investment, both for the current position and any future positions.
So where do I start?
Prepare yourself for the hunt with this Job Search Action Plan.
Examples of popular local employers for students age 14-17 (Excellent first job experience opportunities): Boulder County Youth Corps
Here are some ideas for Part-time and Seasonal Jobs
- Restaurant and food service
- Grocery jobs
- Lawn care and snow shoveling
- Personal assistant services
- Hotels and resorts
- Tourist attractions
- Golf, tennis and swim clubs
- Parks and recreation departments
- Local government summer job programs
- Summer camps
- Administrative or clerical jobs
How do I find a job shadowing position?
Defining a career path for yourself as a teen can be a daunting task. One way to experience the demands of a position or the culture of an organization is through Job Shadowing.
The Fairview Friends Foundation oversees an extensive mentorship program, relying heavily on Fairview Alumni.