At this age, you are probably just starting to think about different ways to make some extra money. There is so much to do that takes money! Maybe you want to go to the movies on the weekends with some friends or buy a new shirt for school and you don't want to keep asking your parents for money. A job might be the next step for you! Working a summer or a part-time job can be a great way to earn extra money, gain experience, and have some fun. Check out the info below to get some good ideas about landing your first job.
- Figure out what you're interested in doing and what you're good at. What activities do you enjoy? What skills and strengths do you have?
- Narrow down your search. Search around for a job that you know is okay for kids your age. Good options to consider would be: babysitting, pet-sitting or dog walking, lawn and yard work, shoveling driveways, house cleaning, running errands, tutoring younger kids, etc. These are all things people need done and you could be just the person to help!
- Do your research. Look in your local paper with your parents or another adult, ask around at school, have your parents or other adults you know ask around the neighborhood or community for you, and check out the Internet for positions that are currently available for people your age.
- Get out there! If you want to start mowing lawns, create a flyer and pass it out to people in your neighborhood. If you want to babysit, create a flyer and let people with kids know that you are available!
Make sure you are aware of what you can and can't do. Ask an adult to help you figure out if your job meets the requirements for the government on teen employment. Visit the US Department of Labor website for further information on teen employment.
For more information and resources to help military youth and teens navigate everything from the unique challenges of a mobile military lifestyle to managing their social lives, saving money, and going green, visit Military Youth on the Move!