You may not think much about jobs you’re pursuing now, beyond the money you get paid. However, even as a teen, you should be planning for the future. Instead of choosing just any job, focus on finding something that will actually teach you marketable skills and can later be used to gain even better positions. Here are a few great part-time jobs for you to look into:
One good choice for a part-time job as a student is being a tutor. It allows you to sharpen both your learning and teaching skills and can be invaluable in acquiring experience that can be put toward a future teaching position.
One of the largest pieces of today’s economy focuses on information technology. If you want a career in IT, writing code and designing complex computer systems, you should get started early. Learning how to design websites or making your own monetized YouTube channel can teach you skills to set you on your way to a career in tech.
Mission Center or Shelters
Obtaining a position at a mission center or shelter can help you build valuable work experience or add to the volunteer section on your resume, especially if you’re looking to forge a career in the non-profit industry. Places like Union Gospel Mission in Twin Cities have many avenues to choose from, like homeless shelters, addiction workshops, and daycares.
Internships are usually thought of as something you do during college. However, you can certainly obtain one earlier if you wish. While the prospect of working with little to no pay won’t sound all that great to many teens, internships are one sure-fire way to obtain experience that will look great on a resume. Internships allow you to obtain contacts and start networking at major companies of interest to you that can be taken advantage of later.
Animal Shelter Worker
If you are interested in becoming a veterinarian or veterinarian assistant in the future, try to obtain a part-time position at a local animal shelter. The experience you get caring for animals in such a setting will add relevant experience to your resume and give you a first-hand look at whether it’s the career you want.
Junior Reporter or Newspaper Columnist
Most towns have small local newspapers. These papers constantly need new blood, and this is an opportunity to test your skills in writing, organization and reporting. Try writing a sports column or movie reviews to test out where your strengths lie. Working for a newspaper can certainly be the start of a lifelong career in journalism.
Overall, just because you’re young doesn’t mean the jobs you hold now have to be meaningless. Many different part-time positions can supply you with valuable skills and experience that can be applied later on in life.
This article was contributed by guest author Brooke Chaplan.