Retail/service is the best route if in H.S. - BUT...and I say this as someone who worked in retail (and service), and whose wife has put in almost 21 years in retail. When it comes to availability questions when you apply...be honest. If you put in two weeks of willingness to show up on time and a desire to do the best you can at the job...you have beaten 30-40% of people applying for full time positions. As proven by a co-worker yesterday...her daughter was looking for a summer job between JR/SR year. They hired her instead of other because she did such a great job in the prior year. Side note - there is a twelve-year-old on my wife's neighborhood Facebook thing that started his own lawn-mowing turned into landscaping business.
You got this!
I think there are lots of options for after school jobs . Try to think of the areas you’re passionate about, or something that you would be able to connect to a potential career later.
Next decide what hours you can work comfortably without taking time away from your school obligations.
Then take the two sets of information and try to find a job that can offer both. Many places are aggressively hiring. Be honest on any application or interview around your availability. Set clear expectations on what you can and cannot commit to. This will help to avoid any trouble in scheduling for shifts, or other potential demands of the job.
Many retail jobs will offer the hours you need—even if retail isn’t your ideal next step. Skills gained in these types of jobs can easily transfer to something else when you’re ready.
Hope this helps, and best of luck!
During the last year of high school and throughout college, I got a job at a tutoring center. Most tutoring places don't open up until after school and close around 7ish which gives you plenty of time to make it back home and focus on homework. A big perk is that they usually aren't open on the weekends!
If tutoring isn't for you, I'd look around your neighborhood and see what options are available. There are tons of retail and food service jobs that are always looking to hire but there may also be individuals looking for extra help. For instance, an elderly neighbor might need help getting groceries from the store or doing yard work. The family across the street may need a babysitter for date nights. Someone might need help with taking care of their plants or dogs while they're away. There are plenty of opportunities out there, you just need to ask around.
I hope that answers your question!