If your 16+ teen has a job as well as a levels what do they do?

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Theas18 Sun 18-Nov-12 16:42:19

And how much do they earn?

Ds would really like to earn a bit of money. He has tried to utilise his skills- but has failed due to terrible performance anxiety. ( see other posts!) . Had he succeeded he'd have earned 20-25 quid maybe a coupe of times a month for a Sunday morning work.

What do other teens studying a pretty academic A evel commitment manage to do and hoe I'd they manage to get these coveted under 18 jobs?

Floralnomad Sun 18-Nov-12 16:48:24

My DS worked in retail from the June of the first year of A levels . He did all day Saturday ,Sunday and Thursday evenings . He was studying IT, English LIT ,BUsiness and geography. He got good results and has gone to a local uni ( good one ) and has kept his job . Infact he has even had a promotion at work and does lots of overtime. He got the job by constantly checking online with all the major retailers.

Ponders Sun 18-Nov-12 16:50:02

mine all had supermarket jobs - the most recent one, now 19, worked 9 hours on a Saturday & was paid nearly £5 an hour (which is a good rate at 16). He did 4 academic AS levels in Y12 & 3 A2s in Y13 & managed his time easily enough.

His job was at Booths, which is a small NW chain & recruits by putting a notice up outside the entrance. He did once apply at Tesco - that was by picking up a form from the local shop - but heard nothing. (I don't think they were actually recruiting at the time mind you.)

Sainsburys do it all online now which makes it hard to find the jobs. If you have Waitrose might be worth trying there.

Otherwise he could look for waiting on or kitchen work?

Rumplestiltskine Sun 18-Nov-12 16:50:16

When I was doing my A Levels (five or so years ago, not prehistoric) I used to go to a farm every Sunday morning to muck out the horses so the farmer could have a lie-in. It only took a couple of hours and I got £12 each week - enough for a couple of pints of snakebite on Friday nights. grin I got the job because my dad knew the farmer through work. My sister did a paper round when she was a similar age, she found that by responding to an advert in the newsagent's window.

Theas18 Sun 18-Nov-12 16:51:34

Floral that's bril! Well done hin

Ponders Sun 18-Nov-12 16:52:21

oh, DS2 did a small Mon-Sat morning paper round before the supermarket job. That paid incredibly well, relatively - I think he got £25 a week shock. He did get fed up with the early starts though as he got older.

I am 23 and worked from 16 in retail, weds and thurs eve and both sat and sun all day! I Studied 5 A Levels and got 3 A's in Music, Spanish and French a B in Business and a C in Classics. I found that having a job and therefore money enabled me to do all the trips and out of school things I wanted to do including driving lessons and buying my first car!!

I went to a really good uni 230 miles away from home and worked the whole time I was there too gaining a 2:1 in a French, Italian and Spanish degree.

It's possible if you're focused enough :D

DS works at a local health club , a couple of hours on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings , and 6 hours on Sunday .
Doing A levels and Welsh Bacc .

Floralnomad Sun 18-Nov-12 16:54:47

Yes he's doing uni debt free , he lives here for nothing and we pay the fees. Having said that he saves well and will probably have a deposit for a house when he finishes although he reckons he's not moving out. !

PS . He earns £55 a week .

noblegiraffe Sun 18-Nov-12 17:01:44

My sixth formers tend to work in shops. Build a Bear and Disney like hiring teenagers, as do shops like Homebase and B&Q.

Theas18 Sun 18-Nov-12 17:04:50

Thanks all. That's given me food for thought.

Ds works really hard and his Saturday's are taken up by music too. He has limited time to earn money. I think I shall increase his pokey money from almost nothing ( he doesn't pay anything out of his own pocket though) to a rate that will support a couple of evenings out a month.

Realistically the only earning opportunity he had was today's application and that failed.

Hmm maybe I'll be training him to clean better, pay him for it and give him skills he can the sell on .... As long as it doesn't involve him tidying is bedroom it'll be ok!

Floralnomad Sun 18-Nov-12 17:07:07

Perhaps he could see if there's anything local for leaflet drops , that would be more flexible.

Both my girls worked through A levels. One did a sunday job in a garden centre and that was it (she was doing 4 sciences and is now studying medicine at University so it was very full on)
The other did 8 hours a week in Fatface and then sundays in the same garden centre, working extra hours at holiday times. She is in her first year of University doing Nursing and has managed to transfer her FF job there so is working as she studies... she finds it hard but is a lot better off than her sister!

They had to constantly apply online until something came up. The only one which I think was TOO much was MacDonalds.. DD1 worked there in her holidays after her first year at Uni and they wanter her to work long hours every single day and it nearly finished her off as she had to study too.

TeaDr1nker Sun 18-Nov-12 23:09:27

Could he become a tea time help for a local family with young children? I have had a level students come 2-3 times a week to help with the kids. Typically they did about 6 hours a week, I paid £6 hour.

BackforGood Sun 18-Nov-12 23:31:54

Both my dc deliver the free local paper. Pay depends on the size of the round and the number of leaflets each week (eg, this week, there were 6 leaflets so they get paid more than another week where there may be 2 leaflets, so they get paid less). Basic pay is min wage for their age, but for about an hour and a half after school one day dd gets about £7 - £7.50 each week, and ds (has a bigger round - takes him about 2 hour) gets about £11 a week.
As well as delivery, they have to stuff the leaflets into the papers, but this tends to be done in front of the TV, or, if they are busy, they bribe theri little sister to do it for them.
ds now also has another job cleaning up in a local shop - he works about 50mins from 4pm each night 4 times a week, then about 5 and 1/2 hours on a Saturday. He gets £35 a week for this. Great as he has no travel expenses and it's almost on his way home from school so not even any added journey time. Course, he was pretty lucky to just be in the right place at the right time to get the job, but, on the other hand, it's not a particularly "fun" job, so he earns his money IMO. He's doing 4 ASs and also has hobbies.

DD1 did voluntary work at a dance school on a Saturday and worked (for pay) in a soft play centre on a Sunday.

One of her school friends worked as a tutor. This was very lucrative and looked great on her personal statement for Uni.

sashh Mon 19-Nov-12 01:42:29

Students I have taught did a lot of shop work, being willing to do unsocial hours seemed to be the key to getting work. One worked at M and S and told me, "I don't know if we are having a flash sale tomorrow, but I have to be in work for six".

Other jobs, washing up in a local pub, taking the money on the M6 toll, stacking shelves at 5am.

gelo Mon 19-Nov-12 02:13:36

ds had a lifeguarding job, worked at a kumon centre and did some theatre ushering all through sixth form, towards the end he played at a few weddings in various ensembles too, which was by far the best paid. Dd does lifeguarding and did a little au pairing over the summer. They both do/did various forms of volunteering too. We are lucky that jobs for young people aren't as hard to find around here than in some places. Managing the usual compliment of A levels or more as well can be challenging at times, a lot depends how much homework they need to put in (varies a lot from child to child imo). DD has been finding it tough and has just cut back on her lifeguarding and volunteering commitments a bit - it's all about finding the right balance that works for you.

prettydaisies Mon 19-Nov-12 18:44:00

I struggle with this a bit. I think DD ought to have a job so she can have a bit of extra money to buy things that she wants etc. But it is so hard fitting things in. She is rarely home from school before 6, she's a chorister at the cathedral which takes up some of this time and also Saturday mornings. She often has matches for school on Saturday afternoons. On Sunday morning she usually likes to come to church with us and that really only leaves Sunday afternoon or late nights in the week. She also has lots of HW to do as well as music practice. Think I'm going to be bailing her out for a while yet!

TaggieCampbellBlack Mon 19-Nov-12 18:49:48

DD1 is doing IB. Very full on. She also does 2 x 2hrs a week at an elderly residential home collecting snd washing up and recently started in Waitrose doing 6 hours on saturday afternoon, plus extras if they ask her (ususlly another twice a week 4 hours after school).

She does 2 hrs ballet once a week plus the IB CAS requirements. Fitting it in so far but i'm watching carefully that she doesn't fall behind.

Theas18 Mon 19-Nov-12 21:41:53

@prettydaisies. This is part if the problem. The girls are/were choristers and so continue to sing and earn their bursaries - dd1 did all the way through fom 11-18 and still has a choral scholarship at uni, earning a reasonable sum doing what she loves. Ds can't do this. He does a lot if music too. I think he's going to need a bit more parental support . He's alo oing 2hrs/week volunteering that he needs for UCAS.

hellsbells99 Mon 19-Nov-12 23:47:45

Hi. What music does your Ds do? DD1 earns £5 per half hour teaching piano. She currently has 4 pupils so £20 per week. She is only grade 6 but is teaching 7-9 year old beginners. DD2 has just started giving guitar lessons to a local 11 year old who justs wants to be able to play pop music dtc and learn basic chords. Could your Ds do something similar?

3boys1cat Thu 22-Nov-12 14:59:17

My DS1 (17) works as a lifeguard and usually does a shift on Saturday, Sunday or both. He earns about £250 per month. He also does a bit of babysitting - boys really like having a teenage male babysitter! He worked all the way through year 12 and is managing OK with Year 13 as well.

poshfrock Thu 22-Nov-12 15:11:54

When I was doing A levels ( 20 years ago) I worked in a care home every Saturday. I'd say it was quite easy to fit in around school work because they obviously need staff 24/7 so they have shifts available at all times of the day. It was great because they always needed cover in the holidays when other staff were away so I had a guaranteed holiday job for 5 years. I came back from Uni every holiday ( summer, Easter & Xmas) to work. I quite often used to work a triple shift say 2-10pm Sat, sleep over Sat night ( paid half time for sleeping )and then 7-2pm Sunday. There was extra pay on bank holidays so I regularly came back for things like May Day as I would make enough to cover my travel and have plenty left over. I worked every Xmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Eve for 5 years when the regular staff with families didn't want to. I didn't mind - if I was at work I wasn't spending money in the pub so win-win and left Uni debt free ( this was in the days when you didn't have to pay fees though). I was promoted to a senior role whilst there and was responsible for giving out medication to the residents. Always good to have things like that on your CV.

Theas18 Fri 23-Nov-12 09:19:29

Teaching/tutoring is an interesting option. He's working with yr7 as a " chemistry guru" Within school so has a little experience of younger kids. He's also CRB checked via his voluntary work (I know it means zilch but parents would like it) .

So far I've had a hellish week re work and I've got him a cleaning schedule for tonight as he has 2x free lessons at the end of the day so a " long evening" available. I'll pay him and if it's good cleaning it'll be really helpful (if it isn't he can have anothe go!)

Will care homes pay an untrained un qualified nearly 17yr old? If so that's a really amazing thought...apart from a few £ it'll look really positive for uni applications.

bruffin Sat 24-Nov-12 23:48:23

Ds has worked since year 11. He is a September baby.
Last autumn worked for Comet, then qualified as a lifeguard and has been working on a casual basis at local sports centre and also 2 hours a week at a school pool that has been privately been hired.

mumblechum1 Sat 24-Nov-12 23:50:17

DS is in the Army Reserves. Average earnings about £120 a month, but often more if he's on 48 hour exercises. He's doing A2s at the moment.

bruffin Sat 24-Nov-12 23:53:06

Ds earns £12 for his 2hr shift and £40 - £50 a session at the sports centre.

Where do your teens find these jobs? We live in a small rural community & its now that the economic impact of that is kicking in for us.

Employment is pretty scarce round here & even the supermarkets find that "shelf-stacking" jobs are in big demand by adults wanting FT work but juggling 3 PT jobs to make ends meet. We keepchecking online.

There are NO Saturday jobs everyone is cutting back & although I'm happy to taxiher in & out of town obviously that costs as its a 25 mile round trip twice a day. There are buses but they are unreliable & often at the wrong times to fit in with shift work. She does babysit but no one is going out much at present!

Its demoralising enough being an unemployed adult without a broke teen in the house! grin

Still its coming up towards Christmas party time so we're hoping we can all pick up some more babysitting.

bruffin Sun 25-Nov-12 21:05:49

Ds heard Comet were recruiting, so he applied on the Internet. That was Xmas last year.
We also knew that the leisure centre looses a lot of their casual staff to university every year, so ds took his nplq October half term after he was 16 and put in his cv straight away. They recruit 6 or so staff that time every year.
His school lifeguard job, was word of mouth. The old lifeguard was off to uni, so put out the word that there was a job going. Friends of ds heard about it and recommended ds.

lunchbox Sun 25-Nov-12 22:32:53

I don't have a teen, but I employ 2 16 yr old girls. They work in my coffee shop on alternate Saturdays, 10-5, I pay them £6.50 per hr, which I'm told is really good for a 16 yr old, but I figure they're doing the same work as the full time mon-fri staff so should be paid the same.

BettySuarez Sun 25-Nov-12 22:40:04

DD doing 4 hardcore A Levels.

Has just started doing 6 hours a week at ASDA and hourly rate is £6.74 which I didn't think was too bad.

She just applied for anything she could see online smile

ASDA are a big employer round here too Betty but the jobs get snapped up. When a new branch opened recently they had thousands of applicants & ended up having a jobsfair type evening to process everybody!

A youngster we spoke to who works there on a Saturdya said he'd been trying for a year before he got one. sad

Hey-ho she's 18 in January & has now passed her driving test so that might open up an opportunity for her!

BettySuarez Mon 26-Nov-12 19:34:50

It's so disheartening bossy

My other daughter worked part time at Pizza Hut and was treated terribly. She would turn up for her shift and if it was quiet they wouldn't let her clock in. She was made to wait to see if it picked up again and only then would they let her clock in and start getting paid angry

Milliways Mon 26-Nov-12 19:45:34

DS managed to start his job before his 16th birthday (an oversight by the company as he is an August birthday and they just assumed he was 16 even though DOB was on his CV)

Between him and his friends they work in Supermarkets (Waitrose is popular), Sports shops, John Lewis (pay >£9/hour on a Sunday!), Tutors etc. Some do well as sports referees at weekends.

I work in a GP surgery and we have lots of students working after school, and then they can also have Saturday jobs.

bruffin Mon 26-Nov-12 19:52:56

Ds gf works in John Lewis, her parents get a partners card. Big discounts on shopping including waitrose.

gotateen Sun 02-Dec-12 22:09:55

What about an apprenticeship type of program where a teen can get into a company they are interested in working at for the long term, at the ground level? Sometimes these work-study programs are offered at the college/university level (co-op) and some high school guidance counsellors may know about high school age programs. At least that way the teen is working in a field they may enjoy and gain valuable experience while getting subsidized pay, so the potential employer is happy as well.

Worley Sun 02-Dec-12 22:25:11

Betty - I used to work in a nightclub like that.. we had to turn up at 9 and wouldn't be allowed behind bar to work until it got busy!! I can't believe they got away with that really!! but i loved it though. Got me through my alevels though. I cleaned the bar and nightclub on a Friday and Saturday morning too. it was so easy back then smile

Mine has a You Tube partnership and last month earned £300 through advertising and he doesnt leave his bedroom. So impressed with him. Although I would love him to have more of a social life!

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