By Alanis Godoy
High school students like going out. Whether it is going out with friends, family, a significant other, or even alone. All of this going out requires spending money most of the time. Therefore, teens have to come to the realization that they need to gain some responsibility and not always rely on their parents’ money. One way to do this is to get a part-time job. Working permits are given out at the age of 14, although most places will not hire 14 year olds. Personally, I have been working since I was 14, so it is not impossible to find a job out there. Here are a few job options that teens could apply for today.
Some options teens should consider for part time jobs include sales associate, after-school teacher/tutor, lifeguard, server, juice/smoothie maker, or cashier.
If you’re interested in becoming a boutique sales associate, a business is mainly looking for the right personality. Being friendly, outgoing, and stylish is perfect. All over Long Island, you can find many beautiful boutiques. Francesca's, for example, is located right in the Broadway Mall and is a great option. Wildflower, owned by a dear friend’s mom, is stationed right in Glen Head; her boutique contains handmade items and would be a perfect employment opportunity for anyone looking for part-time work.
Another great part-time position is an after-school teacher/tutor. After working as a tutor myself, I can say that it is a great job for teens since they are able to work right after school and help younger kids with their homework. I worked as a tutor at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School. Another place that will allow you to help younger kids is the Boys and Girls Club. You can even try to work as a private tutor if you do exceptionally well in a particular subject.
A fun job option for the summer is lifeguarding; it could even be a winter job at an indoor pool. This job is a way to spend your days by the pool and help promote safety in the water. Many of my friends have worked as lifeguards in pools and beaches like the Syosset Pool and Jones Beach.
Working as server at a restaurant is pretty challenging but profitable job. This is the go-to job for those looking to earn fast cash and gain valuable experience in the food industry. I worked at Jack Halyards in Oyster Bay. I can personally say that it’s a job that keeps you on your toes. You must work at a fast pace and maintain a friendly attitude.
A juice/smoothie maker is a fun job opportunity. A huge perk is that most smoothie places close relatively early, leaving your nights free. Red Mango and Tropical Smoothie are very popular and both have hired teenage employees. Working at a smoothie place can be cool because many teens may go there after school, and you could serve your friends.
Working as a cashier at a local Stop and Shop is my current part-time job. It requires an amiable personality since I am dealing with people all day. It also offers flexible hours. If this sounds appealing to you, there are supermarkets all over looking to hire part-time employees.
These are just a few of the options available to teenagers who are seeking job opportunities. So, decide what’s right for you and start searching!
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