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Can I get a good and safe job at 17?

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I really don't know what to ask. I've been searching for a decent and anxiety unnerving job for about a week. I have major anxiety but I work well with people. I am 17 years old and I am about to graduate this year. I turn 18 in, literally, five months. I want a job and I want to save up money and take responsibility for myself. I just need help! #job #job-search #career-counseling

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Alyssa K.’s Answer

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Hi Celestial,

I hope all is well. One of the first jobs that came to mind is a library employee.
The library is great for someone around your age and provides you a relaxed environment
while also still being able to socialize with customers. Additionally, I have provided a list of
some other positions that may suit you below.

Slow Paced Retail Stores
Examples: Staples, Office Depot, Petco, PetSmart, The Vitamin Shoppe, etc.

Office Assistant

Overnight Worker

Freelance Work (Example: If you have a talent and can make a profit from it)

Take some time to determine what roles are of interest to you, make a list,
and then begin doing your research on who is hiring locally.
I hope that this helps! I wish you well in your job search.

-Alyssa Cole

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John’s Answer

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Don't get discouraged Celestial

NETWORK
Talk with your school guidance counselor, your parents or others who have been there. They can provide valuable insight into the reality of the working world. Be prepared with a list of questions so you get the kind of information you need to find your first job. Many jobs come through referrals from people you know, so it's important to let everyone know you're looking for a job. This is where your parents and their friends, teachers, coaches and other adults can be a great resource. Be sure to mention the kind of work you'd like to do, but don't turn down an opportunity just because it's not the perfect job. It might lead to the job you really want.

JOB FAIRS
These events are also valuable for finding your first job, because they are a great way to meet businesses that are looking to fill many different positions. These kinds of events allow you to get in front of many different employers at the same time, so it is important that you prepare yourself adequately and are ready to talk about your skills and unique experiences. Even if you do not find a job opportunity directly from the event, you will get the chance to make a connection with people who may be able to help you down the road.

KEEP YOUR OPTIONS OPEN
Sometimes a job might not be exactly what you're looking for, but it puts you in contact with people or organizations that might help you in the future. For example, working as an office clerk might not be the most exciting first job, but it might enable you to shadow someone in a job that interests you. Also, don't be too quick to turn down a volunteer position as your first job. Sometimes the best compensation is experience – and future employers love to see volunteer experience on your resume. Don't limit yourself to your dream job or to the first job that comes along. Broaden your thinking to include as many options as possible. Start with your interests and consider all the possibilities. If you like working with animals, your ideal job might be at an animal shelter or a veterinarian’s office. But what about providing a dog-walking service or taking care of pets while their owners are on vacation?

INTERVIEWING IS A SKILL
While you should not take interviews for jobs that you are not interested in simply for the sake of interviewing, remember that interviewing is a skill itself. The better you are at interviewing, the more likely it is that you will be able to get the job you desire when you go on an interview with potential employers. For this reason, if you are on the fence about whether or not you should take an interview, it might be a good idea to go ahead and do so. Even if you don’t end up getting the job or if you decide to turn down their offer, you will be able to gain some valuable experience with the interviewing process and get some insight into what kinds of questions hiring managers might ask you in the future. This experience will serve you well in case you find yourself needing to interview for jobs in the future.

Don't give up if you can't find a job right away Celestial. A job search takes persistence and patience. It's important to keep trying, because a potential employer will notice if you have the determination and the drive to find a job.

John recommends the following next steps:

  • https://www.indeed.com/
  • https://www.careerbuilder.com/
  • https://www.snagajob.com/
  • https://www.glassdoor.com/member/home/index.htm
  • https://www.ziprecruiter.com/
Thank You Katherine. “Our generation has the ability and the responsibility to make our ever-more connected world a more hopeful, stable and peaceful place.” — Natalie Portman John Frick Translate
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Margaret’s Answer

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You absolutely can! Working from home is a great, safe, and reliable option. You can go onto Google Jobs, type in work from home/remote, and explore the opportunities they have under work from home. You can also visit company websites and go to their career sections to see if they have work from home options.
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Valerie’s Answer

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Hi Celestial!

I remember being 17, and confused as to what I wanted to do with my life or where to work. My first job was at age 16 at Steak N Shake, but I knew I didn't want to work fast food for the rest of my life. You say you're good with people, what about computers? You could apply for an entry level position as a receptionist. My very first entry-level job was with Express Personnel as their receptionist.

Try going to your local employment agencies, and ask if they have any entry-level administrative positions. Many times companies look for people that can file paperwork, or answer phone calls.

Best of luck!

Valerie
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Charles’s Answer

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My daughter started at a Grocery Store named HEB here in Texas. You might check out with grocers in your area. My little girl started out bringing in shopping carts and ended up going to cashier school and being a cashier. She is now in Corporate and studying for a degree in Business Management.

At this time grocery areas are in demand for employees.

Be safe and good luck!
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Don’s Answer

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You can start with the community where you live, the catering industry near the university, and the clothing retail industry.The entry requirements are low, the time is relatively free, and the transportation is convenient.The most important thing is the living environment you are familiar with, which will be safer.
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Gabrielle’s Answer

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Anxiety can be tough! One of the few good things that have come from this pandemic is there has been so many jobs converted to work from home. Working from home allows you space to breathe, collect yourself and learn at your own pace. You don't have to worry about being around too many people as you try to learn new processes and protocols. While working from home comes with it's own struggles, it has at least for me, calmed so much of my anxiety that I am able to actually flourish much more than while in office.
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Claudia’s Answer

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Hi Celestial:

I remember being 17 we all have so many questions and no answer, but you don't to have to stress about it right now you are too young and healthy, always start with a simple thing for sample do you like animals? or kids? a babysitter will be a good star .My first job was dogsitter and I love it !!, more than a job I look it as hobby is more happier that way. I did it for a couple months, before start something big like computers , take your time to make decisions for the future . You can do anything you set your heart on, just remember just don't rush , one step at the time

Best of luck!
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Tamara’s Answer

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Celestial

A position in a call center is a great job if you like talking to people. The good news is a lot of call centers allow you to work from home.
Good Luck!

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Valerie’s Answer

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Hi Celestial!

I remember being 17, and confused as to what I wanted to do with my life or where to work. My first job was at age 16 at Steak N Shake, but I knew I didn't want to work fast food for the rest of my life. You say you're good with people, what about computers? You could apply for an entry level position as a receptionist. My very first entry-level job was with Express Personnel as their receptionist.

Try going to your local employment agencies, and ask if they have any entry-level administrative positions. Many times companies look for people that can file paperwork, or answer phone calls.

Best of luck!

Valerie
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Bri’s Answer

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Hi,
Since there is a pandemic going on it seems like everybody is hiring. You should network with friends that may already have a job or family that could help as well. Also there are many job websites. Indeeed, careerbuilder, monster.com, zip recruiter to name a few. Also look for a job that you’re interested in. My sister suffers from anxiety and has changed her job many times. Her recent job is working at the Salvation Army. You can also try clothing stores or subway. Some restaurants like McDonalds, Burger King or evening working at Jewels could be a bit much if you have much anxiety. Try jobs that’s not too much fast pace and work part time. You can also use this website I found online : https://www.verywellmind.com/best-jobs-for-people-with-generalized-anxiety-disorder-4157834
Hope this helps, good luck!
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Wayne’s Answer

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Hi Celestial,

Living with anxiety is a struggle but it can be managed. I've lived with anxiety myself. Managing anxiety with resources if they are available to you can be very helpful. It can get better!

However, I found a few URLs that provide some recommended jobs for people with anxiety. I hope these help.

https://www.happierhuman.com/jobs-anxiety/
https://www.theladders.com/career-advice/15-low-stress-jobs-for-people-with-anxiety
https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/stress/9-low-stress-jobs-for-people-with-anxiety/
https://www.themoneysack.com/make-money/jobs/jobs-for-people-with-anxiety-and-depression/

Good luck!
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Ao’s Answer

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—18-year-old should be just graduated. If you don’t need to support your family, instead of finding a job in such a hurry, you will continue to study courses or activities that interest you.
-Volunteer can learn knowledge and experience other than the official position
Most of the services that volunteers participate in are very different from their official positions. Therefore, while participating in volunteer services, many times we will learn some knowledge or skills that we will not be exposed to in our daily work. For example, in services targeted at elders, we may learn some of the cognition and understanding of elders in life and medical care; in some technical services such as photography or creation, we may have some practical opportunities to practice and study less often Opportunities to use. In this highly competitive society, everyone emphasizes self-enhancement and life-long learning. When we can help others while increasing our knowledge and skills, we do both.
—The more mature volunteers may realize that the older they are, the more stable and stable the social circle of life (or even smaller). Or we don’t mind staying in the same social circle all the time, but being able to expand this interpersonal social network, meet more new friends, and meet some like-minded fellow travellers will definitely bring some new excitement to the bland life. Moreover, these new circles will increase our social capital. When one day we need to start some new business, whether it is a personal business or a public welfare business, these capitals will definitely be useful.
—Or if you really need to find a job to gain experience, you can pay attention to the job promotion advertisement.
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Cheang’s Answer

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Hello Celestial !

Due to the current COVID-19 caused, it will be more difficult to find a job. There are thousands of industry in the world, it depends on how you see your job. You must gain some working experience first in order to increase your competitive. Not too focus on your salary and benefit, try to learn from your job first. You can also take some courses if you can't find any jobs, it is very common that you can't find a nice job but please don't give up. Read more books ,take some courses and prepare for your career, these action can help you to be more confident and knowledgeable. Hopes this helps and I am sure that you can find your dream job if you keep going and work on it , good luck!
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Charles’s Answer

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My daughter started at a Grocery Store named HEB here in Texas. You might check out with grocers in your area. My little girl started out bringing in shopping carts and ended up going to cashier school and being a cashier. She is now in Corporate and studying for a degree in Business Management.

At this time grocery areas are in demand for employees.

Be safe and good luck!
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