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Any decent jobs for a young one?

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Techsupport12, Jan 14, 2016.

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  1. Techsupport12

    Techsupport12 Tourist

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    A good friend of mine just turned 15, and is currently looking for a job. I asked why not take a mainstream fast food position. He says he can, but would prefer anything different than that. We tried searching through the Internet, but the job positions were similar to the fast food chains.

    Any recommendations for a young one?
     
  2. shifter

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    I worked at a golf course in HS.

    basically just for the free golf.

    but it's certainly a lot nicer working conditions than a fast food restaurant.
     
  3. Techsupport12

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    That's not half bad, but I think my bud would like some cash instead. What place is it, if you don't mind me asking?
     
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    Unless he has friends or family able to help land a good or different job, it is most likely that all he could get would be a fast food or similar job.
    -> He probably has little to no work experience
    -> It is likely his only skills and qualifications are what he has learned in high school
    -> His availability is probably going to be limited
    -> It costs time and money to train somebody, very very rare is a company that would be willing to invest in a 15 year old when for almost any number of reasons the kid could quit and move on or be unable to continue working

    For ideas: they might see if their school has a work study program (school finds student a job that they usually work part time at for 2-8 weeks to build work experience) or they might check with companies that are in fields that they are interested in and see if they can get an internship.
    You did say that they would probably like some money and while neither of those options is likely to pay anything it can get your foot in the door with the company and does give some work experience to put on the resume.
     
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    Thanks for the input, I'll definitely show him this. The highschool work is most likely what he'll do.

    Does the "morning paper boy" job still exist?
     
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    How about a lawn care company? Depending where you are, maybe snow shoveling?...............
     
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    My kid sister is 16 and going on her first interview tomorrow at a pet store

    One thing I've noticed in talking with her is how different it is nowadays for s teenager to land a gig. I advised to to stay away from the fast food and she's been looking pretty much everything else. Most everywhere now wants the applications done online. No interaction and attempted follow ups are met with "don't call us we will call you".

    Paper routes are pretty much dead. That was my first job too before I could legally work. My first real job was in a bowling alley.

    Auggie has a great suggestion about the work/study programs.

    Landscaping jobs are good to get into for someone who likes outdoors. There's always room for some grunt work on a crew.

    Good luck to him!
     
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    Its not a bad option if it is offered - years ago when I had a game/toy/hobby store I would take on students from the local high school for these work studies programs. I did have one kid that I had to let go after the second day, but otherwise it worked out pretty good and I didn't just plop them behind the cash register, instead showing them how to inventory, ordering, banking and shipping (as well as sales and working the cash register) so they would have some variety of skills to add to their resume.

    Might depend where you live, but I don't think it does anymore - some of its just the world not being as innocent as it once was (in some areas who is going to let their 12-13 year old go out alone at 5AM to deliver papers) but I think too that it just got to where there was enough money going in to get adults interested in delivering papers and then eventually companies - atleast that is how it is around here.
     
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    Starbucks so that he can go to college for free
     
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    How about bagging groceries?
     
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    Yep... If you can get in for a first job this isn't a bad gig.

    Hospital jobs are good, but a lot are over 18. Trying to get my 17 year old in as an imaging assistant. $16 to start and you have an "in" if you want to got into the radiology field.
     
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    Hours and job duties are severely limited for 14 and 15 year olds. Here in Tennessee, they are limited to less than 4 hours a day and can't work more than so many hours a week (I want to say 12 or 16, but I don't keep up with the that part in my company.) They are also limited to basic manual labor. No fryers, knives, no cash register, etc. When they turn 16 though, a lot of the limitations are lifted.

    At this time of year, he may need to call around and just ask if that place hires 15 year olds.
     
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    Here in FL Publix is huge grocery chain that hires a ton of high school kids.
     
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    Heyyyy Burnaby. Just moved to Coquitlam. But I agree. Adults only with cars who deliver my two newspapers (Vancouver Sun and Province) every morning about 4 am? Would never let my son out alone at that time. I have e-papers but I still like print to do my sudokus and crosswords. My EX neighbour who had a business in Lawn Care, would have hired my 15 year old, but because of their schedule, he needed his own transportation. You may be called to one jobsite while on another, then land your day lets say 50 K away from the original jobsite, and he still needs a ride home.
     
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    A pizza shop, especially mom and pops types, often hire teenagers. Usually it's the person who makes the non pizza food.
     
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    i reffed hockey, and washed cars at a dealership. i would look into bussing tables at a restaurant, grocery store, gas station
     
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    if he's located in the upper Midwest I saw a sign the other day that Menard's is hiring 14-16yr olds, that's not too bad of an unskilled labor job for a teen
     
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    I worked retail as a teen in department stores. way better then fast food.
     
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    At 16 I did fabrication and warehousing for industrial ceramics and insulation.
    At 17 I bussed and then waited tables at the dog track.
    At 18 I copped an attitude and effed off, and then worked at a ski shop.
    At 19 A bud and I ran a ski shop.
     
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