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High School student jobs

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Vosk, Mar 11, 2006.

  1. Hi guys,

    I currently get a small amount of pocket money, and I don't have a job. I have to pay off my bass (50%-ish done) by the end of the year.

    So I was wondering - are there any jobs you would recommend? I'm not really wanting to do burger flipping/pizza heating at my local Pizza Hut or whatever, and the job websites when you put in part time it comes up with receptionists and stuff - not exactly what I'm looking for.

    So - any suggestions? I do/can do graphic design and photo retouching and web design pretty competently, but I have no idea on how to spread the work about it. Should I take out an ad or something? I mean, if I take out an ad, I might lose money :(

    Thanks, Will
    p.s if any of you want photoshop/web design stuff done email me at will [at] vosk [dot] net ( change at = @ and dot = . - anti spam precaution)
  2. steve21

    steve21 Banned

    Well, I'm gonna try to get a job in a book store during the summer.
  3. I'm not in high scool yet but I was thinking of giving privite physics lessons to younger kids, there is a big demand here... Otherwise working in a bar, security in gigs or a dealer in a casino. These are night jobs so they won't interfere with your studies.
  4. Hmm I'm not really big enough to get a security job - I'm about 5"11' and still growing, but pretty light build. And I don't think they let you work in bars/casinos at age 15/16.
  5. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    Considered basslessons? Depends on your skills ofcourse...
  6. Not really enough bass players. I could teach, I've played sax since I was 8 or 9, so I could do that too...

    Come to think of it, I averaged like 97% or something on maths last year, so maybe I should teach little kiddies that?
  7. Sorry, I was thinking of ages 18+. As Vorago said, if you are good at playing bass, you should try teaching. Some teenagers work in internet cafes, no special skills are required. As you said, the best thing would be to do some graphic design, although I don't think you could make it on your own, since not many would trust a teenager to do some proffesional work... You should probably work in an office, there must be some in your city.
  8. Fast food jobs are your best bet, man. Most graphic design gigs need certificates and qualifications.

    Good luck, though. I've just had my hours axed with Domino's, so I'm giving work the flick and applying for Youth Allowance.
  9. C-5KO


    Mar 9, 2005
    Toronto, Canada

    Yep. I was stuck in fast foods from 15-17. Then graduated to telemarketing, then retail. It's the natural evolution of teenage workers. ;) .

    If you really want to get into graphic design, I suggest tracking down a few designers and apprentice for a bit. Experience is a pretty big plus, and getting your foot in the door is a necessity.
  10. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    Yeah, although I don't think you could charge as much as a professional teacher, people won't buy into that. But, it's fun to do.
  11. m1k3_88


    Jan 23, 2005
    Try out a local grocery store. I got a job working in the deli at one in november and its not too bad. Decent pay, and its mostly kids working during closing. I now work with a whole bunch of friends, and my boss only schedules us closing shifts and weekends. It got me my avatar 410neo in 2-3paychecks, and I'm doing financing on my Yorkville XS400H so the 37$ a month payment is no problem, it equals out to about one shift.
  12. plexibass


    Jun 30, 2005
    mow lawns, wash cars , yard work, dog walking, babysit, courier, construction, stuff like that where you can make a decent amount. just fyi, i just paid a guy 250.00 to completely detail my car to make it look brand new again. it took him about 5 hours to do it and it does in fact look like it came off of the showroom floor and the car is 12 years old. 50.00 hr is pretty good cash my friend!!! inside and out the car is perfect.
  13. Dream Works

    Dream Works

    Dec 5, 2003
    Actually, I'm doing a summer co op program for Computer Repair and Refurbishment, but they do offer graphics design and the likes as well. Co op is basically where the schools find jobs for you, but you get paid nothing, or sometimes less than what they'd pay you noramally. Alot of the comapanies tend to hire you back after your term at full pay. Hopefully they have something similiar in Austrailia?
  14. Ericman197


    Feb 23, 2004
    Just to throw something out there:

    If you're higher-education bound, don't waste your time with part time jobs. At the very most, you'll get what? $10/hour? Putting that work towards your education will pay off much more than that in the long run, if you are able to do it. If you absolutely must have that new bass or amp and have no other way of paying for it, that's ok. If you wouldn't otherwise have the money to pay for college/grad school, again, saving up money while you're young could be a good move. However, if you don't fall into these categories, you may be better off putting in the time towards getting better grades and participating in meaningful extracurricular activities (like taking part time college courses, not joining dorky high school science clubs).

    Had I not spent most of my free time in high school practicing guitar/bass; playing computer games and wasting time on the intarweb; and masturbating, I would've easilly gotten a full scholarship to the college I'm currently attending. I could've even been accepted into a combined BS/MD program. I still got a decent scholarship, but full tuition AND room/board? That sort of sweet deal wasn't in the cards for Eric, but it would've been if he had just worked a little harder. For me, had I put in an extra 1,000 hours over the course of about 4 years towards work, I would've been $10,000 richer (oh wow whoopty doo). Had I put those hours towards getting a higher GPA/SAT, I could have saved $40,000 or so.

    If you don't want to go to college, then totally ignore this. I'm guessing you do though, and as such, you should keep in mind the enormous benefits you can reap by working really hard. My father strongly discouraged me from working for this reason. He worked while he was younger out of necessity. Because I don't have to, I can instead work hard to earn a scholarship, graduate a year early, or accomplish any number of meaningful... stuffs.

    Dreamworks: I dunno man, isn't that only for college students? I've never heard of high school co-ops before.

  15. I'll second this. If you're looking to go to college and your parents will pay for it, you're better off focusing on schoolwork and doing things that will look better on a resume than "McDonald's team member". Try to see if you can find internships available to HS students. Otherwise, focus on schoolwork.
  16. instigata


    Feb 24, 2006
    New Jersey

    there are a million jobs out there. mow lawns. book stores, gyms need monkey slaves to cleran equipment...

    uh, any grocery store needs plenty of cashiers.
  17. steve21 had a good idea. A bookstore is a great place for a high schooler to work. The job stress level is low, it's usually quiet, and during your breaks you can read whatever you want. Plus the pay isn't too bad.

    If you need a food services job, go for a coffee house. McDonalds/Burger King type places will kill you. But a local barista is at least a little mellower, though I have seen a couple of fights...

    Rock on
  18. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002

    I worked at a McDonald's for 5 months when I was 16, and I've been working at a KFC for approx. 9 months now. It hasn't killed me. I've bought myself a very nice DB, an AI amp, a new slab, paid for a whole whackload of movies/meals/CDs, just bought a brand new suit, and I got paid last night. Fast food isn't glorious, but it's better than mowing lawns and looking after mewling, uppity kids.

    That said, I'm hoping to find a spot at Home Depot this summer working full time hours so I can drum up some more cash before college.
  19. You're lucky. I had a friend who worked at a KFC, and the stories he told me scared the living hell out of me. I'm NEVER eating at a KFC again.:eek:

    Rock on
  20. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    Ask people at your school.

    I got jobs through teachers because they knew I was smart and thoughtful and worked hard if it was something I wanted to do.

    If your school has some kind of guidance program, talk to a counselor to help you find a job that works with your academic interests and professional asperations...maybe some kind of paid or partially paid internship that would look good on future school applications or your resume.

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