Why does it need to be one or the other?
Firstly, both working and volunteering give you experience. Secondly, why can't you find a part-time job doing something related to the work you find fulfilling and want to study later on?
Don't be like others who limit themselves in their choice of work in their teens. Every office needs help answering phones, making copies, keeping organized, and most likely, promoting themselves on social media. Since you've already done volunteering, you have a really good idea of what you can offer that is worth a paycheck.
You don't need to flip burgers, bag groceries, or waitress to make money because you're in high school. You can do something that is in line with your interests and future field of study. Be creative. Be bold. You can make it happen.
Judeanne recommends the following next steps:
- Assess your skills and how they relate to organizations you volunteer with. Which skills of yours are they willing to pay money for?
- Don't limit yourself.
- Speak to others in the organizations where you volunteer. Let them know you're looking for work. They'll understand and help.