The job market right now is very open and you can likely find something that both interests you and pays well. Any customer facing job (such as retail) will help you learn to deal with different types of people which is probably one of the best life skills you can have. And some jobs such as in a restaurant will not only pay minimum wage, but there's the potential of earning tips which can boost your income.
Another path to consider if you like working outdoors and doing something more physical is construction. Many jobs may start out as a laborer, but the money can be really good and along the way you can learn a trade that will always help you, such as framing, painting, electrical work, etc., and perhaps give you a foundation if you were to pursue a degree in the construction industry (such as construction management).
At the end of the day, your time is money. Don't do something you really don't like, but you'll learn valuable things at any job you take, so look for those that help you the most financially.
First I commend you for thinking ahead on how to pay for college. The teaching industry is not known for their high wages. That said, it is a wonderful career choice to give back to our youth. Now, your first plan of attack is to try to take out as little to no loans as possible. This can be done. Look now to see, if your Community College offers first two years tuition free. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter where you graduate from, just that you learn and get your diploma.
As a junior also look into Parallel Enrollment program (PEP). This allows you to take college classes while you are in a public high school for free. Even if you are homeschooled some colleges offer discounts as well. You could technically earn your AA two year degree by the time you graduate High School. MAJOR Savings right there. Most 4 year colleges also have transfer programs that allow you to do parallel classes as well at the same time as the two year.
Also, start searching for scholarships for teachers. States have certain programs specifically for teaching degrees. Apply for Senatorial and Delegate Scholarships as well. Look for any scholarship even if says to write an essay. My son took the time to write an essay and received a $1,000 scholarship for two years. One hour of writing just earned him $2,000. Not a bad start!
Instead of looking for a job, look for scholarships, grants and free classes. Spend this time researching and applying. You could probably earn more money cutting grass for the elderly then working a regular job. Oh and one other thing. Look into companies that assist with paying for your college. Amazon and Walmart for instance just started up programs.
To see your options, check out this link:
30 Best Jobs for College Students (Good Part-Time & Full-Time Options)
I would say easy jobs to get right now is retail. There is a ton of companies that are hiring and paying a good amount for students.
Working in retail will allow you to interact face-to-face with customers.
Discounts- This is big for a student who is already on a budget.
You can learn something from your job and perhaps make videos or teach people about the job and company to help you prepare for your teaching career.
I did do a quick search on Indeed for you and saw about 100k jobs in California in retail and posted as a entry level position.
Hope this helps!
Ibraheem recommends the following next steps:
Since your passion is teaching, try taking tuition classes (online/offline) on subjects which you have gained enough knowledge and confidence to teach on.
You can make tip videos or can lecture on different topics and share it online (be consistent in sharing the content in various social media, whether you get like or not , your aim should be to built quality content for anyone who search for the subject)
Enroll yourself in freelance websites and local webportals and run ads in facebook for paid tuition/mentorship.
Thanks & Regards,
Hegal K Charles