Jobs for High School Students
High school students are becoming more and more independent, and with this independence comes a need for money. Cell phone bills, gas and car insurance, saving up for college tuition, and extra spending money are on the minds of high school students across the country. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to find jobs for high school students because these young adults need a job that provides a healthy balance between work, school, extracurricular activities and friends. Here are some ideas to help high school students find the ideal job, whether it be part-time, summer work or a summer internship:
Part-Time Jobs for High School Students A full-time job during the school year is almost always out of the question, but maybe you have enough time to work part time while you are still taking classes. Most high school students with part-time jobs work approximately 10-20 hours a week. If you want to work during the school year, look for weekend jobs or jobs that don’t require you to work hours too late at night – homework should still be your number one priority! You will also want to find an employer who can give you the flexibility needed to accommodate your extracurricular schedule. Your high school guidance counselor may also be able to help you in finding a job. Most jobs for high school students are hourly positions in the service industry. While not the most glamorous, these jobs offer great experience and flexible schedules. Here are some part-time jobs for high school students:
- Retail part-time jobs include working at a store in the mall, at a larger retail outlet like Target, Kohl’s or Wal-Mart, or as a cashier at a local hardware store or small business.
- Restaurant and Food Service jobs may include fast food restaurant workers, cashiers, waiters and waitresses, servers, hosts and hostesses, bus persons, banquet hall servers, or pizza delivery drivers.
- Grocery jobs for high school students include those who cashier at the check-out line, bag groceries, bring in shopping carts, or stock the shelves. Like retail and fast-food, grocery stores offer flexible hours and are familiar with having high school students as employees.
Summer Jobs for High School Students With classes out of the way, high school students have a lot more options in the summer. Some may choose to work full time, while other students seek out a part-time job that allows them to go on vacations, take summer school courses, or spend time with friends.
- Retail can be either a part-time or full-time job during the summer. One perk of working in retail is the employee discount. This is especially good for high school students on a tight budget. Some retail jobs are commission-based, such as at cell phone stores or cosmetics counters. WorkInRetail.com is a good source for retail jobs.
- Restaurant and Food Service jobs can also be either part- or full-time.
- Outdoor jobs may include caddying at a golf course, lifeguard, camp counselor, or lawn and park maintenance. If you are a sports person, you may also enjoy giving tennis lessons, helping coach a little league baseball team, or being an umpire or referee. Check your local park district, zoo, beach, or golf course for more outdoor summer jobs for high school students.
- Administrative and Clerical jobs for high school students may be available in the summer at any sort of office, such as real estate agencies, insurance companies, doctors offices, car dealerships, banks, etc. These jobs may involve answering the phones, filing papers and other office work.
- Temp Work may be a good summer job for high school students who are interested in administrative work. Temporary workers are sent out on assignments of varying length (one day, one week, the entire summer, etc.) to fill in for employees who are out of the office or to help work on special projects. OfficeTeam and Manpower are two temporary agencies which offer some entry-level jobs that may interest high school students.
Summer Internships for High School Students Many determined high school students are hoping to get lucky and land a summer internship. Keep in mind that you must work hard to get a high school summer internship, because you will be competing with college students who have already taken coursework specific to their major and job. Often times students get internships through their parents, family friends, or neighbors, so tell everyone you know what you are looking for. If gaining experience is more important to you than money, unpaid internships for high school students are also an option. Search online or stop in at local companies and ask if they need any additional summer help. Unpaid internships might also be available at a local community organization or non-profit. Check out your town’s web page or go to idealist.org to find these summer internships. Many universities also offer research opportunities and internships for high school students. Finally, some companies have internship programs designed specifically for high school students. Many of these internships are local, most require that you are at least 16 years old, and some are even paid! Here are some of the companies that offer summer internship programs for high school students:
If you don’t get an internship, and the typical entry-level, minimum wage jobs for high school students don’t appeal to you, just remind yourself that everyone needs a first job at some point in their life. Work experience, no matter what kind, is something to put on your resume, and it will help you in finding your next job. Besides, you may find that you actually enjoy the fast-paced and customer-oriented atmosphere in these types of high school jobs.
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