At the age of 14 teens can work part-time legally and fatten their wallets. When the school is still open, teens have 3 hours a day and 18 hours in the week to do some part time work; in case of summer vacations, they have nearly 8 hours of time to use on a job that could provide them some income. Summer vacations become a much welcome change not because children will get to sit at home and watch TV or play games on their computers all day long, but because they will finally go out, work, and earn some money of their own, thereby instilling in them a sense of self-dependence.
Though it’s legal to work, it’s difficult to obtain a work permit from the high school. Some places require age certificate before employing a 14-year old. There are also restrictions on how many hours one can work per day or on a weekly basis. Some employers consider this a bane. They don’t hire 14 year olds in their workplace as their work would get affected due to the absurd schedule of the youngsters. Yet, there are many jobs that 14 year olds can do in order to earn some income.
1.) One of these exciting jobs is being a host, a cashier or a waiter in a restaurant, bakery or a deli. It will increase their social connections. They will also get to interact with various types of people and more importantly, learn to deal with their varying moods and emotions. This improves one’s communication skill and gives them knowledge about the typical behavior of certain kinds of people. Such practical experience is very valuable.
2.) 14 year olds can easily work as a secondary worker at a grocery store or a retail store. This is an interesting job for them as it gives them the information about which brands are popular and reliable. They may also learn how to select certain vegetables, fruits and grains.
3.) Another exciting job would be to work at an amusement park, municipal Park or a sports Complex. Teens interested in sports can use this as an opportunity to learn more about the sport they love. Working at the amusement park gives them an idea on how the park functions, how the marketing techniques pay off and how the booking systems work.
4.) Teens with a charismatic personality and brilliant communication skills can even apply for the post of a receptionist in an office. This is also an opportunity for those heading in the HR&M direction – career-wise – to learn something useful from this job. For example, those who want to be consultants for a popular software manufacturing company can treat this as a stepping stone.
5.) Youths who like to ride around town on their bicycles can use this skill of to deliver newspapers and thereby improving their cycling skills. Not only does balancing and handling improves while delivering papers on a bicycle, but it also helps develop a good habit of getting up early in the morning.
6.) Owning a pet has become a trend nowadays and every 6 out of 10 households own a pet. According to a survey, every pet owner spends nearly 150-200 USD per month taking care of their pets. So, owning an online pet store which provides information about the various breeds of animals, their availability, their food habits, etc. would do a world of good. Ads hosted on the website would in turn make for quick cash. People who are very crazy about starting their own websites and blogs can pursue this idea.
7.) Teens who are naturally inclined towards the computers, especially software development, can also try their hand at developing applications for android based products. An interestingly designed popular app can easily earn some quick bucks.
8.) Teens who like to organize parties can simply form a small group and undertake party planning. It is a good platform to learn and improve management skills.This job also has to be done in a group as it involves a lot of moving stuff, managing of resources, decorations and needless to say, handling money.
9.) Even in the field of music, there is a lot of scope for earning. Teens who like to play musical instruments like guitars, violins, drums, etc. can use their talent to perform at weddings, birthdays and other various parties.
10.) Teens can work at churches. Parents love this idea as it pushes the teens more towards spirituality. They can even wash cars on weekends and carry out odd jobs in the apartment with the permission of the concerned authority.
These are but mere ideas and there are many other, equally fulfilling jobs. If it’s snowing and all the houses in your neighborhood are filled with snow, teens can shovel and thereby clear driveways for some quick cash. They can also babysit and earn some money and develop important virtues (read patience) at the same time.
It is equally important for parents to keep a tab on their working teenagers to instill in them the right qualities and ensure that they are not being bullied or harassed in any way at their work place. Especially for those kids working at a deli or a grocery store, sometimes the customers can be rough and this might affect the child negatively. Hence, it becomes the parents’ responsibility to ensure that the kid does not suffer just because he/she has chosen to do work. It is the parents’ prerogative to explain to the kids that such ups and downs are part of a working professionals’ life.
Concluding, it can be said that a part time job is really necessary for a 14 year old. He will get a real understanding of what is going on in the world and what needs to be done to become successful. As someone has rightly said, “You need to fall into a pond, then and only then will you understand how deep it is and how cool its water is.”