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Namechange8117 Sun 08-Jan-17 14:32:38

What jobs do your teenagers do ?

Dd is 15 and looking for a job. She had a paperound but can no longer do that since school starts so early

Namechange8117 Sun 08-Jan-17 14:54:06


MycatsaPirate Sun 08-Jan-17 14:57:01

I think that she will have to wait until she's 16 as most places require a work permit from the council now.

DD1 is 18. She worked in Next for a while (doing the Sales) and has now worked in McDonalds for the last 18 months. She's off to Uni soon and will have her job held open for her so when she comes back on holidays she can still work.

I am sure people will suggest car washing and baby sitting but unless you DD is guaranteed to do a very good job on the car and not scratch it then I wouldn't suggest it. And I am not entirely sure about leaving a 15 year old I didn't know in my own home.

Namechange8117 Sun 08-Jan-17 15:04:31

Ah thank you MyCat I think she will have to wait a little bit longer the . I can't see her car washing and she wouldn't want to be responsible for someone else's kids

IloveJudgeJudy Sun 08-Jan-17 15:09:15

Our three DC did paper rounds until 16 then moved into retail. Can your DD really not make it work? Mine just got up earlier.

Namechange8117 Sun 08-Jan-17 15:10:23

No the local paper shop doesn't want them there before 7:30 now and school starts at 8:10. No other paper rounds local.

pericat Sun 08-Jan-17 15:11:28

Ds1 is paid to be a coach in his sport.

BertrandRussell Sun 08-Jan-17 15:12:26

My ds is 15 and a football referee- but you have to do a training course and know about football.........

His friends do things like sweeping up at a hairdresser and washing up in local cafes. One does a roaring trade as a dog walker.

Crumbs1 Sun 08-Jan-17 15:20:44

Mine did watersports coaching,

SasBel Sun 08-Jan-17 15:24:51

I worked in a newsagents, my cousin in a shoe shop. Also did dog walking and car washing from 10....

Namechange8117 Sun 08-Jan-17 15:26:47

DD is a dancer so can't coach football. Cafes and hairdressers say 16 because of health and safety.

How did you DC start dog walking. DD can't seem to get any dogs to walk .

2gorgeousboys Sun 08-Jan-17 15:29:54

Can she help out at her dance school? DS1 also a dancer is paid to help out at his school.

PrettyLittleBrownEyedMe Sun 08-Jan-17 15:36:25

DS2 started in our local fish and chip shop at 13 doing potwash and other very menial and dirty jobs - he loved it! still there aged 16 (in year 12) doing restaurant, take away and learning to fry. DS1 has done various cafe/pub work, including bar work once he turned 18.

Namechange8117 Sun 08-Jan-17 15:46:50

Local chippy won't have her either for health and safety reasons.

The style of dance DD does requires a certain grades and exams to be able to teach. DD has reached the maximum grades she can for a age but has to wait until she is 17 then 18 to confuse the grades and exams to be able to teach or even help teach

icy121 Sun 08-Jan-17 15:47:19

If she can swim you could use the time to do life saving qualifications as once she's 16 she'll have a job all holidays and weekends - lifeguards pay far better than most retail jobs.

I worked through 6th form at Argos - started as an Xmas temp from 16 (only worked on Sundays - 1.5 x pay - I seem to remember being in over £6 an hour and that was 13 years ago 😩) Not sure they'd even do that these days with 0 hour contracts etc. But was a great Sunday job.

PrettyLittleBrownEyedMe Sun 08-Jan-17 15:47:24

Also, a very popular thing for the teenagers in our area to do is a lifeguard course run by our local sports centre - they then get paid very well for shifts at the pool. This is a valuable transferable skill and sometimes leads also to other gym-related duties too. May be something like that where you are?

PrettyLittleBrownEyedMe Sun 08-Jan-17 15:48:05

Hah! x-post with icy - great minds.....

2017watchoutherewecome Sun 08-Jan-17 15:49:09

Ds is a life guard and does odd gardening jobs for a local pensioner.

Namechange8117 Sun 08-Jan-17 15:50:12

Have to wait until she's 16 for lifeguard course . Not sure id pay the £500 because she won't meet the requirements

Namechange8117 Sun 08-Jan-17 15:53:16

I think DD will have to wait until she's 16 unless she can get some dogs to walk .

CointreauVersial Sun 08-Jan-17 16:04:16

It is tricky finding anything until they are 16. DD1 is 15 and currently finding this out!

DS is 17, and has had three jobs so far - he did some part-time admin in my office, he worked in a bakery/cafe, and his current job is working as a runner for a helpline office in our town which is open 24 hours. All of his jobs have been found through word-of-mouth.

Other jobs his 16/17yo friends do - washing up in pubs, working in Waitrose, mowing lawns, waiting tables at functions....

skippy67 Sun 08-Jan-17 16:07:27

Dd 15 umpires netball matches in our local league.

2017watchoutherewecome Sun 08-Jan-17 21:30:21

£500 ???? It's less than half that here.

teentraumas Sun 08-Jan-17 21:32:57

My ds (14) does 'sticking up' for a skittles team. £10 for 2 hours . Ask around at local social clubs that have skittle alleys

onemorecupofcoffeefortheroad Sun 08-Jan-17 21:40:59

Eldest DS18 has worked in a soft play centre since he was 17. Has learnt many life skills apart from time management, these include making coffee, clearing tables, washing up, going down slides with or without children, being nice to their parents and cleaning up bodily fluids.

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