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happygolucky0 Sat 22-Feb-14 22:35:19

Do any of your teens have a job? If so where do they work?
My 16 and half year old is having trouble finding something. Just wondered if it is possible at his age or are most places only taking on 18 year olds nowadays?

chocoluvva Sat 22-Feb-14 22:41:34

Do you live in/near a city?

Hollister will take you on if you're attractive enough, cafes will take waiters, I'd think lots of other shops would take 16YOs. Apparently they ask for a CV!

Newspaper round?

K999 Sat 22-Feb-14 22:44:20


AgentProvocateur Sat 22-Feb-14 22:48:39

One of mine is 18 and at uni, and has worked in sainsburys since he was 16. The other is 17 and about to go to uni and has worked as a waiter since he was 16. All their friends have part time jobs - there are plenty in cities.

bruffin Sat 22-Feb-14 22:49:46

Ds is 18
He worked in Comet over christmas when he turned 16. He passed his nplq at 16 and has worked in the local sport centre as a casual officer and lifeguard . He also has a small private lifeguarding job. Its good money for not to many hours and can work when he wants.

Dd is 16
Has babysat for neighbours. She passed her nplq this morning so will be applying at the sport centre.

happygolucky0 Sun 23-Feb-14 11:18:27

Lovely will look into your ideas thank you for posting

uiopw Sun 23-Feb-14 17:21:53

Just been to a nice tea shop where a 15 year old boy served us the tea.

twentyten Sun 23-Feb-14 17:23:48

Dd 16 washes up at a golf club restaurant once a week.

Innogen Sun 23-Feb-14 17:48:08

This isn't difficult at all if you live in a city. Everyone I know aged 16 through to graduating uni has a part time job on the side.

Do you live somewhere quiet? I understand it might be a totally different experience there.

happygolucky0 Sun 23-Feb-14 22:32:18

I live in near bourenmouth a seaside resort not as big as a city.

rightsaidfrederick Mon 24-Feb-14 00:56:52

When I was a teenager I used to look after other people's cats and other assorted pets whilst they went on holiday.

BackforGood Tue 25-Feb-14 23:39:10

17 yr old ds currently works in a big store in the City Centre. Previously he worked in a local butchers' and he's also done delivering the free paper.
15 yr old dd previously delivered the free paper but is now making enough from babysitting. She's also recently started earning a bit from showing an older friend how to use his new iPad grin

Middleagedmotheroftwo Tue 25-Feb-14 23:49:26

My DDs 16 and 18 are both waitresses.

BackforGood Tue 25-Feb-14 23:56:12

That reminds me, friend's ds works in a hotel near them, setting up the room for weddings / functions, etc. He then goes home when the function starts, this is all about setting the tables out before any guests arrive - I'd never thought about it, but someone must do it!

yourlittlesecret Fri 28-Feb-14 15:30:30

Where you live is a big factor. Much more opportunity in a city or town.

We are very rural so have to be prepared to ferry to and from work if necessary.
Employers often want part timers for very anti social hours. This may well mean parents having to go out at 11.30pm or later to pick the DC up from a late shift.
My DS1 found a job in a takeaway in the next village 6 miles away. First of all they wanted him to start at 5pm. His college bus gets to our village at 5.30. So in order to facilitate him taking this job, I had to pick him up from college (20 mile round trip), then take him to work, then pick him up at 11pm. It would have been easier and probably cheaper to give him the cash myself.grin. I didn't though as I thought it was good for him.

He now works as a tutor for Kumon maths a few hours a week and he absolutely loves it. The Kumon centre recruit through the local sixth form.
DS2 has just got a casual job at a nearby country park.

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