School is finally out and while some teens will see this as an opportunity to slack off and do nothing, if you have a goal like buying a car or saving up for college, this is not an option. Those motivated enough will see summer jobs as amazing opportunities to make some cash or show how independent they’ve become. But what jobs are available for high school students? There might be more than you suspect. All you need to do is research what’s available in your area. And here are some possibilities to get you started.
It is a pretty traditional option, but the pay might be better than you think. Responsible babysitters are very rare, so if you are good with kids and try to be on time all the time, parents will practically compete to give you money. And if you want to be even more attractive to potential employers, get some CPR training. There’s nothing more precious to moms and dads than the health and safety of their children.
This one requires liking kids too. Becoming a camp counselor is a great idea if you are an outdoorsy kind of person. You may also be required to help with crafts, organize camp events, and do some office work. Camps vary in their focus, so whether you are into role-playing or astronomy, there’s probably a place for you. The pay is great, but there are certifications and background checks involved in the beginning, so be prepared for some extra attention.
You might not know what you want to do with your life yet, but that is exactly the reason why you should try doing as many things as possible. If you end up liking the industry you’ve interned in, you’ll have the essential experience on your resume. If not, at least you’ll know that this type of jobs is not for you. The only downside is that the pay is usually rather low and the workload is high. Check out Internships.com before making any decisions.
If your GPA is high enough or you have expansive knowledge of a particular subject, you can always get a job tutoring other kids. This is a great option for the people who want a flexible schedule, because you can choose when to set your appointments. You can also make a decision on your own salary and increase it gradually as you gain necessary experience.
This one requires you to be physically fit and a good swimmer. You are also required to pass through a pretty high-standards training program. However, if you get certified, this is a very fun job to have. You spend your time outside with other funny people and get to splash around in the pool on occasion.
There are many other options, such as a waitress, a golf caddy, or even a pet sitting. Your option depends solely on your own ingenuity and resourcefulness.