Keeping teens out of trouble over the summer months is a big problem for some families. One of the best ways to keep your teen out of trouble and prepared for the future is to get a summer job. It also teaches them responsibility and the value of money. What are some of the best jobs for your teenager? Here are eight different jobs that your teenager may enjoy and also learn from:
If your teenager has an idea of what field of work they want to go into after graduating from high school, getting an internship in that field will not only be interesting, but a rewarding summer job. Some internships do not come with a salary, but instead help to train you toward entering that field of study. Whether you are paid or not, working in an internship is a great way to solidify your choice of work field or let you know that the choice is wrong for you.
If your local city has an amusement park, this would be a great place for your teen to work. The summer months are the busiest days of the year for amusement parks and part time and temporary workers are always needed. Your teen will get to deal with the public and learn more about work/customer relations. Working at an amusement park is also fun and sometimes comes with a discount for the workers.
Office work is not only for females these days, with private secretaries being both male and female. If your teen wants to see what working in an office is like, a summer job in an office is a great way to test the waters. Lots of businesses hire temporary help and part time help in the summer due to employees taking vacations. Your teen can learn the normal routines of office work, learn how to answer a telephone professionally, learn how to file, greet customers and other routine office work.
Retail openings for cashiers are usually plentiful all year round. From retail stores to fast food burger joints, cashier positions are in demand. Being a cashier will help your teen polish his or her manners in being courteous to customers, give experience handling money and provide for some extra spending money. They will also learn how to be accountable for their cashier’s drawer and possibly learn how to balance the drawer at the end of the shift or day.
Boys can make a decent amount of money by mowing lawns and general lawn care during the summer months. Be sure that your parents are okay with you using the family lawn mower and start building a list of clients. This job will not only make you some extra money, but keep you in shape over the summer months.
Girls can make extra money during the summer by babysitting for neighbors, friends and family members. Even if you have a stay at home mom, they need a break every now and then. Call everyone you know and offer your services at a competitive rate. Give discounts for multiple children. Once your teen has a few jobs under their belt, the word will get around about how good they are with children and they will have their calendar filled with babysitting jobs.
Teens may also like to try their hand at sales at a retail store. While this is not a profession most grow up to want to do, it will give them experience in a work environment, in dealing with customers, cash management, and keeping their territory neat and presentable.
Volunteer work is not for everyone and it doesn’t provide pay for your services in a monetary way, but does make you happy and feeling fulfilled. If you like to volunteer your services, consider a hospital, nursing home, veterinarian, office, or even around the house. You may also volunteer to maintain lawns in your neighborhood for the elderly. There are all kinds of ways to do volunteer work. Find something you enjoy and then volunteer your services.
Once your teen has decided what they want to do, they will need to check the classifieds in the local paper daily or online for openings. They may also want to make flyers if they are considering neighborhood work such as babysitting or lawn care. Have your teen make a plan before school lets out and put it into action as soon as possible in order to get hired right away.