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Whether teens are hoping to earn a little pocket change or gain experience in a particular field, they benefit from summer jobs in more ways than one. Here are the top 10 job for teens this summer as well as benefits you may not have considered before.
1. CAMP COUNSELOR
Being a camp counselor may seem like all fun and games,but it demands self-discipline,personal responsibility and confidence.Counselors are the first ones awake and the last to go to sleep. They are responsible not only for themselves, but also for their campers, who are almost fully dependent on them. Working as a camp counselor is a great way to learn responsibility and patience, build self-confidence and realize the importance of being a positive role model for younger kids.
Lifeguarding requires teens go through American Red Cross and CPR certification, meaning they have the ability to save another person’s life. This puts teens on an entirely new level of responsibility and equips them to step up to the plate. Jayme Creamer, director of the Bell Road YMCA in Montgomery, believes the discipline required for becoming a lifeguard and self-control during work hours are a good foundation for any career. “It teaches teens to have a professional image by staying away from inappropriate behaviors such as discussing personal relationships at work, talking on cell phones, or being disrespectful to patrons.,” said Creamer. Working as a lifeguard allows teens to work with their peers in a relaxed environment, but requires they put work before fun as maintaining order is a huge part of the job.
3. LAWN CARE
Most jobs in this field require continuous hard labor that teaches the value of hard work. It also doubles as a great workout, sometimes without even realizing it. One of the greatest benefits of this job is the satisfaction of seeing the results of all the hours put into a job.
4. EVENT VENUE
Working at an event venue teaches teens to interact with a multitude of people, to work as a team and exposes them to the world outside their “bubble.” It is typically an exciting, social atmosphere, which means a fastpaced work environment. Those working in this field realize the importance of being personable and patient, especially with difficult customers.
Tutoring allows flexible hours; however, it’s important to make sure flexibility doesn’t turn into lack of commitment. Teens gain a better understanding of different learning styles or challenges others may face in the learning process and connect with students they may not have interacted with otherwise. It’s also a great way for students to keep their minds sharp during the summer and may force them to dive deeper into subjects.
6. FOOD SERVICE
Working in food services provides teenagers an opportunity to see an industry they’ve always been a part of, but from the opposite side. Strong listening skills, understanding the importance of delivering a quality product and working well under pressure are key to any job of this nature. Jace Vines, General Manager of Chick-Fil-A in The Shoppes at EastChase, looks for rock star employees who come to work drama-free, are prompt and are motivated to outperform their co-workers.
7. SPORTS INSTRUCTOR
Private coaching or becoming an athletics instructor is a great way for teens to use their talents and abilities to help others and to serve as a role model for younger kids. Teaching a sport or trade they love to someone else makes it seem less like a job and can help them realize that it’s possible to combine their passions and skills, which may help them choose a career path. Switching from player to coach is also valuable in their own training as they recognize the importance of practice and self-discipline.
While many consider this to be a primarily female role, boys have a lot to gain from the experience as well. Patience, discipline, conflict resolution and time management are only a few of the valuable lessons learned in taking on the responsibility of another human. Babysitting also helps teens learn the sacrifices required to take care of a child and what it means to put someone else’s needs before their own. *Read The Manny Diaries to hear one guy’s take on his summer as a “manny.”
Internships are a great way for teens to find what they are passionate about and the type of activities and environment in which they enjoy working. While some interns work in corporate offices or a more professional atmosphere, others may be completely different. The experience often exposes teens to the inner workings of a company, the level of commitment required in careers of interest and provides direction either toward or away from the career path in question.
10. START A BUSINESS
The first step for any entrepreneur is creating a thorough business plan, an invaluable skill in today’s society that most adults don’t have. It’ll also require finding support and capital to start the business, whether finding guaranteed customers in the community or neighborhood or perhaps some kind investors (i.e., that means you mom and dad!). Launching a business can teach teens determination, how to take initiative and the courage it takes to work toward what they want in life.