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Has your 16 year old got a job?

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pilates Tue 30-Jun-20 17:36:29

I know it’s not the best time to get a job but the thought of another 2/3 months of him doing not a lot is driving me 😜

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Inadays Tue 30-Jun-20 17:51:45

My then 16 year old DS refused to work anywhere but Waitrose despite my nagging, but eventually did their online tests and questionnaires, had an interview and was taken on! He works every Saturday and really likes it. He’s now 17 and loves the financial independence ( and they pay well too). Is that maybe an option for your DS? It’s eight hours per week but he’s offered overtime too.

Sarahbeans Tue 30-Jun-20 17:57:13

Yes, but she is currently furloughed.

pilates Tue 30-Jun-20 17:59:02

Yes anything would be good and the financial independence is very appealing! Do you have to pass the online test/questionnaire to get an interview?

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EasilyDelighted Tue 30-Jun-20 17:59:22

Mine's got a paper round.

PlanDeRaccordement Tue 30-Jun-20 17:59:33


TomBradysLeftKneecap Tue 30-Jun-20 18:00:17

Yes. Started yesterday.

pinkmagic1 Tue 30-Jun-20 18:01:49

Yes, mine works in a takeaway. He works a few hours on a Friday and Saturday teatime/evening and is currently doing a few extra shifts in the week.
He really enjoys it and loves the financial independence.
My DH knows the owner of the shop and this is how he got the job but I believe places like McDonalds take on 16 year olds.

2pinkginsplease Tue 30-Jun-20 18:04:45

MY ds had a job at 16 working in a restaurants kitchen doing dishes now he is 18 and still does the dishes but also helps prep starters and desserts.. he is very able at school and could easily manage both.

Dd is 16 and doesnt have a job yet.... she is hoping to get one for christmas but she wanted to concentrate on school work which I understand.

WatchingFromTheWings Tue 30-Jun-20 18:07:36

My DS started in a local garage at 15. DD started in retail at 17.

BackforGood Tue 30-Jun-20 18:11:23

Mine all had jobs at 16, but that was pre-COVID.
All now furloughed (tho all now also over 16)

TheHobbitMum Tue 30-Jun-20 18:14:43

Our DC have all been encouraged to work from 15 onwards, the 2 eldest are both employed but furloughed at present. I think it would be hard to find work at the moment but he should definitely keep trying, supermarkets will employ from 16 so it's worth applying there

CuppaZa Tue 30-Jun-20 18:17:01


Inadays Tue 30-Jun-20 23:44:57

Sorry Pilates, yes you do have to pass all the online tests to get an interview. But I think the interview was fairly easy in the end. If your DS has a nice manner and seems keen he should be fine. It’s all about putting the customer first at Waitrose. Feel free to PM me if you’d like any more info smile

Pipandmum Wed 01-Jul-20 00:19:57

My son worked two days a week in the kitchen of a cafe. He was furloughed for two months then made redundant. He's starting to look again now - his college has started up again but doesn't take much of his time and his one day a week work experience was in a gym so that's not happening either. We are a tourist hot spot so hope once the hotels and campsites reopen places will start hiring again.

Jeremyironsnothing Wed 01-Jul-20 00:27:29

Both mine got jobs in retail as soon as they turned 16.

stellabelle Wed 01-Jul-20 00:58:58

Both of mine worked in a Chinese restaurant from when they were 16. They worked on the front desk, and in the kitchen prepping the vegetables. Both are adults now but they remember those days fondly. They got heaps of customer service experience, and are both excellent at peeling and chopping all manner of vegetables !

PickAChew Wed 01-Jul-20 01:00:54

No but he has severe SN and can't see a future beyond his sofa.

Aebj Wed 01-Jul-20 01:06:09

Ds1 got a job just after his 15th birthday. It’s seasonal. So he will be going back again this year . He will start September/ October time , he turns 17 in November. We actually work together!!

Singinginshower Wed 01-Jul-20 01:19:20

No. Because the stay at home, maintain 2 metre messages means it is difficult for anyone to go to work, never mind some one with anxiety issues.

prolefeed Wed 01-Jul-20 01:38:35

One is on temp lay off until 1 Aug (Lifeguard and pool closed), one is hunting (because she was supposed to be out of the country volunteering, but....) and one has a summer camp helper type job pencilled in for August if they go ahead with programming. They’ve all worked from 15 (one from 13).

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