School is almost out and summer is right around the corner. What better way for teens to spend their summer vacation than to get a summer job. There are lots of different types of jobs for teens to work, so everyone should be able to find work that suits his or her personality.
One option is babysitting. Some teens have to do this for free and watch their younger siblings, but for those who don’t, a relative or neighbor might be willing to pay a teenager to watch their kids so they can have a night on the town. According to an article published on AOL.com, the 2012 average hourly pay for teen babysitters was $9.34. Teens should charge an hourly rate somewhere in the ballpark of this national average so as to make a decent profit and avoid losing customers over too-high fees.
Another summer job option for teens is working retail. With The Legends Outlet Mall open in western Wyandotte County, there are lots of stores available to which students may apply. Retail work has employees working and interacting with customers all day long, so teens will really hone customer service and interpersonal skills doing this type of work. Another perk of working retail: a store discount. Most retail shops offer their employees some sort of discount on their merchandise, which means teens need to be careful not to spend their paychecks before they earn them.
The food service industry is another field teens can explore when looking for a summer job. Restaurants of all kinds (fast food, casual dining) are always on the hunt for servers, hosts, and kitchen staff. Teen restaurant employees may even discover a passion for food while working in the restaurant industry. Many well-known chefs began in low-level kitchen positions as teenagers (Tom Colicchio and Anthony Bourdain, for example).
Last, there’s Worlds of Fun. Worlds of Fun is a well-known theme park located in Kansas City, Mo. At Worlds of Fun, employees work in a variety of jobs: games, merchandise, food service, rides operation, and more. The park is so large that teens are bound to make new friends working there, and they’ll always have something fun to do during their off-time since employees get free admission to the park.
Looking for jobs can be a difficult and time-consuming task, especially for teens who may not have any experience looking for work. For assistance, teens (and adults, too) can come to the Main branch of the Kansas City, Kan., Public Library on Wednesday afternoons. The Working Wednesday program runs from 1 to 3 p.m. and gives patrons the opportunity to use the computers for two uninterrupted hours and get one-on-one help from a librarian. It’s never too early to find that first job.
Emma Claudius is the business librarian for the Main Kansas City, Kan., Public Library.