Best Jobs for Homeschooled Teens by Craig Middleton

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Best Jobs for Homeschooled Teens by Craig Middleton offers ideas for homeschool and non homeschooled students regarding possible first jobs. The jobs he mentions can teach responsibility and reliability that are vital when it’s time to pursue a professional career. These tips are also good for students who are not homeschooled.

Introduction

  • Homeschooling has a lot of advantages, but one of the best parts is the flexibility. This is particularly beneficial to young athletes who require hours of training each day. For those who do have extra time though, it can be a great way to be introduced to the workforce. Your student will get work experience, earn extra money, and develop a stronger sense of responsibility. It also looks good on college applications. Here are a few good jobs for your homeschooled teen to consider.

Food Service

  • The foodservice industry is a great place for teens who have never had a job before. Most fast-food restaurants are very willing to hire teenagers with little to no experience. This involves taking orders and getting the meal gathered on a tray before giving it to the customer. Some restaurants are willing to hire young adults to help clear tables or wash dishes. Eventually, your child can work his or her way up to becoming a server, where he or she can make tips. Some places also allow teenagers with a driver’s license to deliver food. They may learn about delivery routing software before taking the food to the customer and may be able to make tips from deliveries as well.

Tutoring

  • Tutoring is a great way to help other students who are struggling, and it tends to pay well. Parents are always looking for help with their kids, so there should be plenty of options available. Your child will just need to decide if he or she wants to help students around his or her age or if working with younger children would be more desirable. To get started, you can try reaching out to your friends and see if any of them need a tutor for their children. Your teenager can also check with tutoring centers in your area to see if any of them are hiring.

Babysitting/Child Care

  • If your child is good with young kids, babysitting may be the perfect job. Many children start babysitting as early as age 13. It really just depends on what the parents are comfortable with. Have your child check with friends and neighbors to see if any of them have younger children who need babysitting. You can also find parent groups in your area online and post that your child is available. Your teenager may want to see about getting CPR certified as many parents prefer this when looking for a sitter.

Grocery Store

  • Most grocery stores are willing to hire teenagers who have no experience. They usually start them off by having them help bag groceries and stock shelves as needed. However, some places may even allow your child to work the register. Grocery stores are usually really nice when it comes to being flexible with young adults’ schedules.

Lifeguard

  • Working as a lifeguard is a great summer job, but what many people don’t know is that there are actually lifeguard positions that are open year-round. They do require CPR and lifeguard certification, but they usually pay pretty well. Check with indoor swim facilities in your area to see if they have any openings. Swim schools are also great to look into. They often have lifeguard positions, but some of them may even have openings for your teenager to help teach young children how to swim.

In Conclusion

  • You don’t always get the first job you apply for, so encourage your teen to continue to fill out applications. It takes time and effort to get a job, but it’s worth it in the end. Just keep encouraging your teen until he or she finds the perfect fit. Once that happens, be sure your child understands how important it is that he or she shows up on time and takes the job seriously. Learning these skills early can really help when it comes to starting off a professional career, and don’t limit your kids to the suggestions here. Perhaps they have some entrepreneurial spirit and can end up working for themselves. You should also expect them to save most of what they make to help pay for their own education.

Craig Middleton

  • Craig is a New York City-based retired business consultant, who is an expert in education and cultural trends. He has a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters in Education from St. Johns and loves sharing his knowledge on the side through his writing. If you have any questions or comments you can direct them to Craig at craigmiddleton18@gmail.com.
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