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what is a good first job while in high school?

I want to find a part time job #job-search

Thank you comment icon A good part time job while in high school would be to work at a local business in your community that way you're not so nervous about the people you work with because you know them. Rylie

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Sharnel’s Answer

Anything in the service industry. Learning how to interact with people and effectively communicate is key to any future job you will have. Consider Starbucks, Target or a local restaurant. Hope this helps!

Thank you comment icon Yes, it helped me a lot. Thank you very much! Hannah
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Sheila’s Answer

Hi Hannah:

Good question with no right or wrong answer. I suggest talking to your Guidance Counselor, parents and, friends. Some jobs that you could consider are outlined below to help you get started on your research. Remember to save as much money as you can and spend less. You'll be very proud of yourself when you see your savings account grow. 😉

• Babysitting
• Cashier (Fast Food)
• Waitress
• Department Stores
• Summer Youth Coordinator
• Tutor
• Gas Station Cashier (QuikTrip, RaceTrak)

I hope this was helpful. Best of luck to you!

~ Sheila

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Kim’s Answer

A good first job will instill in you the basic skills needed in all jobs: teamwork and responsibility. You will learn to work with fellow co-workers, how to not take things too personally, to be flexible (swap days when needed, etc). You will develop a sense of responsibility for the success of the business or the organization, develop good attendance habits, etc.


Ideally, it would be something that you are interested in, but, when it comes to first jobs, many of us went towards retail or food service (fast food or waitressing). Beyond that, you could look into possibly "recreation assistant" or "recreation leader" at programs for younger kids, such as at the YMCA, sports programs, or after school programs.


While having a job, hopefully you will also learn a little bit about how to handle your personal financial affairs, including saving, and planning.


best of luck!

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Shante’s Answer

The most common jobs you will be able to obtain would be a cashier within the food industry, a summer camp job, some retail stores. Try talking to your counselor at school to see what opportunities available the school knows about.

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Jill’s Answer

Find a job in the field you're interested in, even if it's on the outskirts of the industry. I was interested in writing and publishing, so I worked at a bookstore. It helped me understand how books are marketed, ordered, bought, sold, etc. It's a good way to "try on" an industry before you start thinking about committing to it in college.

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