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What are some jobs for high school students?

How could I get one and what are some tips when working?

Thank you comment icon My very first job was Chuck E. Cheese as a host. It was amazing! I worked there for about 4-5 years while I finished up high school and even into my first year of college. It was high-paced and a fun environment to be in. I was able to gain some really key skills working in that position: dedication, customer service, time-management, and leadership. Some tips when starting a new job: - It's okay to make mistakes. That's how you grow! - Always be curious and ready to learn. - Show some urgency. - People will always talk about you, make sure you give them some positive things to say. Kay Crittle

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Tammi’s Answer

Hi everyone! I have always thought that fast food and retail were some good places to start in high school. Anything with customer service creates great communication skills since we are always going to have to deal with people
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david’s Answer

I always advise yard work, as every neighborhood is always open to hiring teenagers to mow lawns, rake leaves, clean out trash, and other physical tasks. And it pays fairly well. The other good option is employment in fast-food restaurants. In both activities, you will learn a lot about yourself and business and finances. Good luck.
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Wayne’s Answer

Hi Yili. Here are some jobs that let high school students balance their academic schedule and gain work experience:

- Ice cream scooper
- Server
- Barista
- Lifeguard
- Prep cook
- Movie theater cashier or usher
- Front desk receptionist
- Yard worker
- Pet sitter or dog walker
- Babysitter
- Delivery driver
- Tutor
- Grocery store associate

Good luck!
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Eileen’s Answer

I worked at McDonalds - it was excellent as I was able to see how well they operationally executed. There was a place and a reason for everything. Additionally, we all got the basics of marketing. One also learns labor laws and how they are and are not followed - and how it works to punch a time card. If not that, any business works - to help, assist and see how one runs. Of course, there is always dog walking - that is GREAT and good for the dog and the walker - and yard work and babysitting.
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Ramesh’s Answer

High school students have a variety of job opportunities available to them. Here are some examples: Please make sure to check the policies of the state, e.g. In PA the student has to be at least 14 years old for working.

Sales Associate/Cashier: Working in retail or as a cashier is a great way for high schoolers to gain experience in the customer service industry.

Tutor: Many parents and schools hire tutors to help students with their studies. This provides the perfect opportunity for high school students who excel in specific subjects to share their knowledge with younger students.

Lifeguard: Lifeguards work at pools, beaches, and other recreational areas to ensure that guests remain safe while having fun. This job requires certification and training, so it’s best suited for those who are physically fit and have strong swimming skills.

Library Assistant: Libraries often hire students to serve as assistants, providing help with tasks such as shelving books, organizing materials, answering phones and more.

Food Service Worker: Whether it’s working in restaurants or serving food at events, this type of job provides plenty of opportunities for high schoolers looking for flexible work hours around their other commitments.

High school students can also use their free time to explore other avenues like freelancing or starting their own business. With the right attitude and motivation, there are endless possibilities available to them.
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Karen’s Answer

When I was in high school, I worked as a babysitter for a few families. This filled up my summers & days off from school. I think other great options are dependent on your interests but could include: Recreation Centers (summer camps) Ski Resorts, Golf Course, local farms ~ My son started working at a local farm at 12 helping pick fruit for the market, retail stores or a restaurant. I would try different things to get more experience and start to learn what your passionate about and what you enjoy doing.
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Thomas’s Answer

My first job was working at a movie theater. It was fun because I worked with others around my age and it taught me some great customer service skills.
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Greta’s Answer

As a parent to two teens, we've been exploring the types of jobs that they can consider in the near future. It really depends on skills, interests, and availability. Also, age is a consideration, as you have to be 16 for most jobs here in Washington State.

Here are a few job ideas that could work for high school students:

Babysitting
Lawn mowing and yard work
Dog walking and pet sitting
Retail or customer service positions
Fast food or restaurant positions
Grocery store positions
Tutoring
Camp counseling
Lifeguarding
Office assistant or clerical work

When looking for a job, it's important for high school students to consider their schedule and availability, as well as their transportation options. They should also be prepared to fill out job applications and provide references. It can be helpful to ask friends, family members, or teachers if they know of any job openings, or to check job search websites and bulletin boards in the community.
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Grant’s Answer

if you are going to look for traditional jobs look for anything that fits your schooling needs first with flexible scheduling so you can still maintain your grades, I would advise looking for friends and family members that could maybe hire you on part time to get some experience for your future jobs.
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Jenny’s Answer

I started working for my parents' small business when I was in high school. Two of my kids worked for a local hardware store, which was also a small business.

I did manual data entry -- before there were barcode scanners for inventory, that was a manual process at the arts and crafts store my parents owned. There were thousands of items!! It took forever to get caught up, but my small function helped all the team members be more productive. It was a great first job, and the hours were flexible since it was a small business.

I also babysat a LOT. I would recommend you take the Red Cross certification course so you have the safety training. I love kids and it was an awesome way to make some cash. I am a mom of a toddler now and the going rate is between $17 and $20/hour, so that is really good money! And the hours are flexible, too.

Or look for odd jobs, too. Dog walking, moving lawns, cleaning pools, etc.

Good luck!
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Erica’s Answer

My first job in high school was working at an animal clinic - loved it! Interestingly, I think I learned as much about the social system in the front office as I did about the animals. I would echo other opinions in this thread - anything in customer service will help develop your soft skills and seasonal positions are usually plentiful. Minimum age, transportation and extra curricular activities are all considerations for what type of job you might seek - having a flexible schedule can be important.

I am very appreciative of the high school students that worked as counselors in the summer camp my son attended last year. He had such a wonderful time and his interest was really piqued in some topics (age appropriate) that I realize as a parent I am not close to anymore.

Many opportunities exist for self starters - leverage your social circle, neighbors and family friends or parents to see if helping with organizing homes, cleaning up yards or other yard work is a space to earn in.
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Marc’s Answer

Fast food or retail is a great place to start. They usually work with your schedule at school and teach you that it is important to get an education so that you are not suck working an entry level job the rest of your life. I started out working fast food. It taught me basic skills of interacting with the public. I quickly learned that was not what I wanted to do forever and realized the importance of going to college.
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Gennie A’s Answer

You are never too young to start thinking like this, very forward thinking of you. I tried retail and food services to make some fast cash but today you have more opportunities than ever. Companies are now reaching out to High Schools for internship programs, NAF, the National Academy Foundation is one we partner with for internships during the summer to allow high school students (junior/senior) to get real work experience and see if this is an industry you want to work in. Give it a shot, follow your dreams.
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Azilee’s Answer

Seek summer youth programs that lead you to great organizations. State and government sites are a great safe place to look; Americorps, community centers, colleges, hospitality, retail and restaurants. These are all great places to learn and grow in the working world.


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Brooke’s Answer

It's possible to do something you enjoy while also making money!
I coached sports in many different capacities - on the weekends, over the summer, etc. I even got a job working at summer camps that allowed me to travel to cool locations like Colorado and Vancouver.
Sometimes it's easy to take whatever job is in your town, but think about what else that job might be able to get you besides just money. Are there skills that you can develop on that job, or can that summer job be connected to the career you want to have? Although I also did some restaurant work, catering jobs, and even amusement parks, I really value the coaching jobs so much because it felt like more than just money,.
One random job that I loved was scooping ice cream. It was fun because I worked with some of my friends, but I also learned about how to run a small local business and how to deal with difficult customers - this is a skill for life! (Honestly, who gets made about ice cream? Some people, apparently.)
Try to find a company or brand that you love, work there, and learn as much as you can. You will be so much more motivated and get more out of it.
Another option is to start your own little business. I love the yard work idea above. Identify a need in your neighborhood and try to see how much money you can make. Having your own business is challenging and exciting at the same time!
Good luck!
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