Getting a summer job has many benefits for teenagers. Of course, the most obvious benefit is having additional spending money. This is a great way for them to learn to be responsible with money; when people have to work for what they want, they are less likely to splurge on those frivolous indulgences. They learn the value of a dollar and just what goes into getting the money for those new jeans. When you work for things, you tend to appreciate them more and take better care of your belongings.
Taking on a summer job also teaches teenagers responsibility and many transferable skills. This real world experience will help them on college applications, internships and future careers. If your teenager knows what they want to do as a career, they may consider taking on an entry level job or internship in that field. Here are some of the top summer jobs for teenagers. Most do not require much experience and are great first job opportunities.
Landscaping and Lawn Care
This is a great opportunity for younger teens, because you do not necessarily have to be 16 to take this job on. You can find some elderly ladies in the neighborhood that need some help; so it does not require transportation. It will keep you physically active over the summer and teach some life skills. The only requirements for this job is that you own your own lawn mower and weed eater and are willing to get a little dirty and endure some manual labor. It is a great first job for active teens.
With children out of school for the summer, many parents are scrambling for someone responsible and fun to watch their child. This job is also great for younger teenagers. If you have a family member or close friend that is in need of childcare, they may feel comfortable with your young teen watching their child even if they are not 16 yet. This will teach them the importance of being responsible for another individual’s well-being and does not require a great deal of experience. If they have younger siblings then they are probably already used to having some babysitting duty. This is the first job that many young girls start out with.
Summer also brings the addition of summer camps for children of working parents. Being a camp counselor usually has a few more requirements than being a personal nanny. Most places require you to be both CPR and First-Aid certified, but will usually pay for your training and certification. If you are wanting to go into the teaching field, camp counselor is great experience. It helps improve leadership abilities, communication skills and conflict resolution. For those who are more athletic, there are also many sports camps as well. The YMCA has many summer camps over the United States, but typically requires their counselors to be 18 or older. Many local schools and churches also host summer camps.
This is the perfect job for those who like to shop. Many clothing stores give a discount to their employees and if you are going to be shopping there anyway, you might as well enjoy the perks of a discount and seeing the best sales first. Game Stop is a great place to work for guys who are video game fanatics because not only are you already knowledgeable about the product, but you will be able to get new games for less. Working in retail also helps you improve your customer service skills, which is not always an easy thing. It will also give you experience in handling money, sales and working a cash register, all transferable skills.
Being a life guard requires a great deal of responsibility, but it is also a job that does not require a lot out of you most of the time, other than being observant and prepared for an emergency situation. It allows you to enjoy the outdoors and work on your tan, all while getting paid to do it. It will require you to take a life guard course with CPR and First Aid, but typically the pool you are working at will provide the training. If you are a strong swimmer then this is definitely a job to look into. It could also lead into other jobs, such as teaching swimming lessons.