Good Jobs For Students

There are few lessons more valuable to teach young students than the value of hard work.  Beyond schoolwork, and getting good grades in class, a great way to do this is by working either after school or during the summer in a job. Students looking for jobs should think about a number of factors.  How would you answer the following questions?

  • How much free time do you have after school and on the weekends?
  • Are your grades where they should be?  If not, what is hindering you from success (is it time spent doing homework)
  • Are you over 16 with a drivers license, or will your parents or older siblings need to drive you to work every day?

After you have thought through the answers to these questions (number one should be: enough to work for at least 5-10 hrs per week, number two should be ‘my grades are excellent’ and number three should be ‘yes’ to either the former or the later), you can start thinking about what type of job you want to work in.  Here are some great after school jobs for students:

  1. Waiting tables, particularly at a restaurant that is not open too late
  2. Delivering Pizzas, if you can drive and have reliable transportation
  3. Bagging groceries, not the most ‘sexy’ of jobs but definitely good, dependable work for 14 or 15 year olds depending on the grocery store rules.

If you are a student looking for good work during the summer, here are some great options.  Before getting a full time summer job though, remember that sports camps, adventure camps, and even summer courses at a community college can be a really excellent way to spend time if you do not need the cash from full time work

  1. Work as a lifeguard.  Interesting in lifeguard training?  Checkout that site for lifeguard certification and other options.
  2. Be a camp counselor.  While before I said it would be a good idea to go to camp, you can also work at a camp with younger students!  Find a list of summer camps here

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