Top 5 Summer Job Ideas for Teens
Written by Project Inspired | June 18, 2013
Your first summer job is something you’ll never forget! Whether you’re trying to make and save some extra cash or just want to meet new people, a summer job is your first foray into adulthood and can be, believe it or not, fun! Need some advice on where to look for great summer gigs? We found five awesome suggestions over at Forbes:
Are you interested in leadership? For teens that are natural leaders or educators, a summer job as a camp counselor is an ideal pick. This job will allow older teens to spend time outdoors, mentor younger kids and help them to develop new skills. A great perk of this job, aside from being paid to spend plenty of time outdoors, is that you will be developing loads of transferable skills that will be useful throughout life, such as leadership abilities, communication and conflict resolution skills. This job also requires teens to live away from home, which can help them to become more independent as they transition into adulthood.
Perfect for teens that enjoy spending time in the great outdoors, caddying can be a great choice of summer job. This job does require an understanding of the game and some physical endurance, as there is a lot of walking involved as well as carrying a weighty bag of golf clubs. However, the pay certainly isn’t bad considering that you can expect to earn anywhere between $50 and $100 for about four hours of work. Many of the more generous golfers may also reward their caddies with a tip.
Perhaps one of the more diverse job options for teens, retail sales offers a great deal of opportunity for teens that are looking for work. This type of work can pay anywhere in the range of $11 to $13 an hour depending upon the duties involved. Inventory, stocking shelves, product demonstrations, handing out samples in grocery stores, customer service or operating a cash register are all options when it comes to retail sales. This type of work can be great for teens that are particularly sociable, as they will often have to interact with the public in addition to working as a part of a team.
A great choice for teens who are strong swimmers, life guarding can be a challenging position that comes with a fair share of responsibility. Completion of certification courses is required to be a life guard and is typically limited to those who are over the age of 15, so a bit of pre-planning will definitely be required if this type of job appeals. This job requires a high level of maturity and professionalism, but it is a rewarding job that can help teens to develop their decision-making skills and confidence while earning somewhere between $9 and $10 dollars per hour.
Teens with a nurturing spirit who enjoy children could consider taking on a summer job as a nanny or babysitter, a position which is in high demand during the summer months when working parents need to secure childcare for their young children. This job requires someone who is highly responsible and can resolve conflicts. Though this job pays reasonably well, generally in the range of $10 to $15 dollars hourly, it can also require a great deal of patience. This is a great choice for teens who wish to pursue a career in teaching, child care, social work or any other field that makes use of social skills or requires interaction with kids.
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