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Summer Jobs For Teens

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Summer Jobs For Teens

It’s the time of year when many teenagers start thinking about summer employment. Besides putting a few dollars into your pocket, a job can be a great way to make new friends, learn new skills, and get out of the house. What should you do when the final bell rings in June? Here are some ideas for you to ponder as you make the move towards a summer job.

Lifeguard: This is the quintessential summer job, and for good reason. You’ll spend all day outside, and if it’s too hot you can jump into some cold water for a dip. In many cases, the pay is quite good as well, coming in at a few dollars higher than minimum wage. Keep in mind, however, that this job comes with a whole bunch of responsibility—take a look at the name, for goodness’ sake! You’ll have to take a course to learn CPR and rescue techniques, and if something does go wrong, you’ll be the one taking care of it.

Golf Caddy: If you’re in good shape (or looking to get into good shape), you can do a lot worse than a summer spent caddying. Carrying bags will build your muscles, and if you do a good job, you can usually expect a decent tip at the end of the day. Just be prepared to walk quite a bit, and if you plan on moving to the front of the line, you’ll want to brush up on your golf knowledge.

Food Service: Whether you’re working at McDonalds or a snack bar, this can be an engaging way to spend your summer months. Get ready for hours spent behind a hot fryer, and the possibility of dealing with rude customers. In the end, you’ll likely learn tips to help you transition into moving away from home.

Retail: Any job that involves selling merchandise falls under the category of retail. You can be hawking clothing, electronics, toys, or anything else. If you want to spend your summer out of the heat, this can be a great way to learn sales techniques or the specifics of a product. Just make sure to apply early; these are often jobs that are occupied year-round, so don’t expect to walk up and immediately get a gig at the mall.

Camp Counselor: If you like kids, this just might be the job for you. Expect to deal with a lot of shenanigans throughout June, July, and August, and you won’t be disappointed. That said, this can be a rewarding way to shape a young person’s future, and one that could stick with you long after you head back to school in September.

Whatever you do, remember that summer is a time for fun and relaxation. Don’t live to work; work to live. Once the day is over and you take off your uniform, enjoy your time out of school, and make sure to hang with friends and family.