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What is a decent job? (for your first job)

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Adam’s Answer

Hi Gavin:

If this is your first job ever, you should try to find something that you enjoy. As you are still in school, you should find something that fits into your schedule, offers you the ability of a flexible schedule and is something that you are interested in.

To me, jobs offer a lot of insight into what we might want to do as a career path.

I always like to use my example of working at McDonald's for several years. While some only consider this a "fast food" job, I learned quite a bit. I learned about customer service, training, working as a group and as an individual. The job offered me the ability to do conflict resolution while understanding the appropriate escalation protocol should I not be successful. Working as a team to get things made and out to the customer was also very useful. What I am trying to say, utilize any of your jobs to determine what you like about them. While you may not be making a ton of money the experiences and lessons you learn are invaluable.

If this is your first job after college, I would recommend taking all of the interviews possible in positions chosen by your interests. Interviewing is always a good experience and once you receive a job offer you should accept if you feel it is a good fit. Work experience is work experience and accepting a first job may only be the start of your journey.

Long story short, any job that offers you experience or leads you into a direction for your future is a decent job!

Good luck...
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John’s Answer

Garvin working a part-time gig while still in school has many benefits. The most obvious one is money to cover expenses like gas money, going out to dinner, or entertainment. But there are many other reasons, such as learning about an industry or attaining new skills.

TUTOR – Pretty good at a certain subject in school or just plain good at explaining things? Helping someone else learn something strengthens your understanding of that skill. That’s a pretty sweet return gift for helping someone out.

RESTAURANT HOST – You’re the welcoming face that people see when they come into the door. This position is best for someone who is organized and can handle a busy environment while staying cheerful. Some perks are the delicious discounted food, returned smiles, and tips.

BARISTA – Working as a barista will hone your skills at making the perfect cup. It gives you the opportunity to become a coffee snob, should you so desire. Also, you get all of the delicious caffeine nectar your heart can handle (literally). But ye be warned, this job comes with some VERY early morning shifts.

RETAIL SALES ASSOCIATE – This is the job where you’ll learn to hate everyone and gain respect for every retail worker you interact with for the rest of your life. This is a highly worthwhile job for anyone who loves clothes and people. You’ll get discounts on trendy outfits while also walking away with some interesting tales about customers.

Hope this was helpful Garvin

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LOCATION – It’s important to be able to get to your job easily and relatively stress-free. Not only because you’re more likely to show up because you didn’t miss that third bus you had to take, but because it’ll leave you in a better mood while you’re working.
SCHEDULE – Make sure the job you’re applying for fits your schedule. If the job requires you to work a morning shift and you’re in class, it’s not going to work. Choose a job that you'll be able to balance with school.
EXPERIENCE – One last thing to think about it what kind of experience do you want to have? There are a lot of options out there so it’s a good idea to choose one that doesn’t make you want to hurl every time you think about it.
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Madisyn’s Answer

Hi,

Getting your first job is a very exciting experience. As you are a high school student, you need to find a job that can fit into your schedule and allow you to put school first. Typically, many high school students are able to do this by taking on service industry jobs. You can work in food service (e.g. McDonalds, Burger King, or any other local restaurant). You can also work in retail service (e.g. Target, Walmart or any other retail store). Service industry jobs are great because they teach hard and soft skills that you'll be able to take with you throughout your entire life. Good luck with you search.
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Chayla’s Answer

My first job was working as a cashier at McDonalds. I selected this job because it was in close proximity my home, so I could walk or ride my bike if I needed to and they were also flexible with my schedule. Working at McDonald’s taught me about work ethic and afforded me the opportunity to interact with all types of people. Because I am a people person, I really enjoyed the people aspect of the job. That said, consider a job that will work with your school schedule and close by so that getting there and back is not an issue.

Best of Luck!!
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August’s Answer

There's no easy answer to what would be a decent first job; you may want to take any first job.

Here's the reason why: it doesn't matter whether you're working in an office, retail, or in labor, you're going to have to interact with people.

All kinds of people, some whom you'll like and look forward to seeing, others you'll never want to see for the rest of your life. It's more about training yourself in dealing with adversity, and figuring out what a great working environment is versus a toxic one.
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Kim’s Answer

A good job while going to school is one that offers flexibility of scheduling that works with your needs. It should have an emphasis on safety and teamwork, and teach you the basics of being in the working world.
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Dana’s Answer

I'm assuming that you are looking for a first-time part-time job that you do while in high school.

At this point, honestly any job where you can show that you are reliable is good (show up on time and can follow orders and work well with others). Learning to work with others, both people you like and don't like is going to be important.

If you have a theory about what you'd like to study or what you'd like your career to be, you can try to find a job in that area.

But if you don't that's ok.

The most important thing right now is to make a little money, get some experience working in anything and getting a good reference from your boss/coworkers for your next job!
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Nicole’s Answer

When you are in school a good job would be a intern position in the career of your choice. For instance, if you were going to school to be an accountant you could look for intern jobs at public accounting firms or larger corporations that have accounting departments on staff. This is a great way to learn and get on the job training for what you are going to college for.
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Naomi’s Answer

My first job was with Kroger (grocery store). I started out as a courtesy clerk who bagged groceries, brought carts into the store and cleaned. Quickly I was promoted to cashier. Not long after that I worked at the Customer Service Desk which meant that I got experience with counting money, bank deposits, account reconciliations, answering phones and most importantly customer service. I also did payroll and reporting for our store. I learned a lot through this job and stayed there for 6.5 years until I moved to another state where they didn't have a location nearby. They were great about working around my school schedule and I had great pay and benefits even working part-time.

Good luck in your journey.
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