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Fun Job Ideas for a Teenager

by Rosenya Faith

A teen's first job is a rite of passage, signaling his sprint toward adulthood, and while any job might serve the purpose of earning money, finding a job your teen will enjoy can make the milestone even more exciting. Help him find a job that matches his skills and interests and be sure to help him brush up his resume and rehearse his interview to make a good impression.

Techno Teens

If you have a technology-savvy teen, help her develop entrepreneurial skills by offering her expertise to individuals and small businesses. If she’s skilled in graphic design, she can create logos or design websites for businesses just starting out. For a teen who is talented with photo-editing programs, she can offer to create photo manipulations and composites for family and child fantasy portraits. If your teen has begun to learn about animation, she can offer to turn an individual’s story idea into a short cartoon, while a teen who has video-editing skills can help to transform hours of home movies into short video clips.

Summer Jobs

If your teen enjoys spending time outdoors, she can start up her own little business, offering pool maintenance services, lawn care or gardening and weeding services. She can set up a car-washing station in your driveway and post signs around the neighborhood or offer to pet-sit for neighbors who are going on summer vacation. If your teen knows her way around a golf course, have her submit her resume to work as a golf caddy for an above-average pay in comparison to other teen jobs -- a fun perk in itself.

Earn in Winter

A dog-walking service will allow your child to enjoy the crisp, cool air. While she can offer the service year-round, it might garner more interest when it’s snowing outside. If she’s interested in a mid-winter workout, have her offer to shovel driveways and sidewalks after snowfalls. She can even make arrangements with neighbors to shovel snow regularly. If physical labor isn’t her strong suit, she can search for a job at an indoor or outdoor skating rink or a hockey arena.

Entertainment Opportunities

Encourage your teen film fanatic to apply for a part-time job at a movie theater or have your gaming enthusiast submit a resume to an arcade. If your teen is a strong swimmer and certified in the field, she can apply for a lifeguard position. She can work at an amusement park to learn about behind the scenes operations or work at a state park to enjoy the natural surroundings. While it might not come along often, your teen can also look for films in search of extras for a movie or commercial, too.

Work with Youngsters

You can help your teen develop her leadership skills by working with children as a camp counselor. She’ll have the opportunity to spend time outdoors, help kids develop skills and take part in a variety of activities. If your teen is a high school braniac, help her make use of her intellectual talent by tutoring children and peers. Your teen can inquire with family and neighbors for a babysitting job or you can help her respond to ads in the classified or place an advertisement of her own, if no one in your circle needs a sitter. Help her get first-aid training before starting her job to ensure she's prepared for emergencies. If your teen will be babysitting in someone else's home, ensure that you’re comfortable with the circumstances. Other potential employers include day cares, birthday party venues and indoor play centers.

About the Author

Rosenya Faith has been working with children since the age of 16 as a swimming instructor and dance instructor. For more than 14 years she has worked as a recreation and skill development leader, an early childhood educator and a teaching assistant, working in elementary schools and with special needs children between 4 and 11 years of age.

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