Having a part time job as a teen can be a great way to gain real work experience and make some money at the same time. However, it’s a step toward adulthood and might be overwhelming and stressful when searching for the right job. There’s a lot to consider, especially when teens are balancing schoolwork, extracurriculars and more. Below are some guidelines that will hopefully make the job searching journey easier in the long run!
Number 1: Time
It’s important to consider how many days of the week you’re free, what other activities you’re involved in, as you don’t want to overwork yourself. During an interview, ask how many hours per week is expected of you. Once you know this, consider how this would fit into your weekly schedule and whether or not it would be feasible for you.
Number 2: Pay
While the idea of getting real life experience may sound nice, payment is a large part of working a part -time job. People get paid to work because no one would do the job otherwise. It’s also important to consider the amount of money you’ll be getting paid, as well as opportunities for raises.
Number 3: Work Environment
Different jobs require different environments and people. Some are more fast-paced while others are slower. Sometimes there are a lot of younger people working there, and sometimes there are older people. Some jobs require constant physical movement while some require you to sit for your whole shift. Take time to consider the type of environment that you think will work best for you to ensure the most success.
Remember that working a part time job as a teenager can be great for giving you work experience, but it can also allow you to learn more about yourself and what you might want for yourself as an adult working a real job in the future while working a low stakes part time job.
By: Addie Jacobsen
Be sure to check our Girl Spring’s content editor, Katt’s article on the best part-time jobs for teens!