Jobs for late age teenagers?

Tristan 31 May 2009 24

Hey everyone

I’m an almost 17yr old boy and have found it increasingly hard to find some part-time work to mix in with my studies. I know it’s supposed to be a recession or watever people want to call it but i was wondering if anyone had seen any job advertisements that would suit me? I live in Campbell (near Civic) anything around there would be a really good help

Cheers

Tristan


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misspris misspris 9:20 am 02 Jun 09

I know that DFO and Brand Depot always have signs up – it might be a hassle in terms of transport though. I suspect that might be one of the reasons they’re always looking for people.

ahappychappy ahappychappy 10:53 am 01 Jun 09

Tristan, if you approach them with an open mind and expect nothing in the way of loyalty by the employer, you would be fine…

The same can be said about many employers. Including the APS.

peterh peterh 10:25 am 01 Jun 09

Deadmandrinking said :

Speaking of which, Ant, I noticed Harris Scarfe in dickson (closer to your location, Tristan) is advertising for staff.

my wife worked for the HS in erindale. they reduced her hours, and those of several other people due to the “economic downturn”, until she received a letter stating that she could reapply for her job, if she wanted. amazing the way casuals are treated there. more amazing the way she was terminated. not even in person.

HS are a chain that has grown in canberra via acquisition. Unfortunately, they have acquired the old mindset of the prior company. Tristan, if you approach them with an open mind and expect nothing in the way of loyalty by the employer, you would be fine…

Clown Killer Clown Killer 10:10 am 01 Jun 09

For my two cents worth – there’s nothing like starting your own business. Think about the things that you could do – maybe gardening (lawn mowing etc.), cleaning, child minding, dog walking, house sitting, academic tutoring, etc. and offer those services to the market. In most cases you should be able to structure the delivery of services in a way that doesn’t conflict with your studies.

The ACT government, ASIC and ATO websites have great information for people looking to start up a business and at the ‘sole trader’ entry level the tax and other legislative requirements aren’t prohibitively complicated or expensive.

OzChick OzChick 10:01 am 01 Jun 09

^ I totally agree. I have an 18 year old brother in the same predicament. I don’t know if it is due to his lack of experience in job searching or what, he seems to need to be spoonfed in every aspect of his job searching. Yes. The jobs are out there, you have to be proactive in looking for them.

Thumper Thumper 8:41 am 01 Jun 09

Let your feet do the walking. Take your CV, a decent set of clothes, and start knocking on doors.

There’s plenty of work out there, but it won’t come to you.

ahappychappy ahappychappy 12:33 am 01 Jun 09

Hi Tristan,

I was only in your situation not 2 years ago, and found that the best way to get your name out there is do exactly what VY has said above. Try and think of places that aren’t usually the norm. I worked at a sports stadium through college… awesome money ($22 an hour isnt bad) and its perfect for students as its open late and shifts start after school. Think of places that are open on weeknights (cafes, clubs, sports centres, gyms, fast food outlets, supermarkets, that sorta stuff) and just go in with a CV, speak with the manager and go from there!

Just be friendly, and most places will be open and give you a run =). Good luck!

barking toad barking toad 11:07 pm 31 May 09

Do something to get a stint in the new partly occupied motel.

If you can stay awake for 15+ hours they’ll try and teach you how to make a cuppa and then you’ll get any job anwhere you like with your certificate signed by the minister for lunch.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 10:42 pm 31 May 09

Speaking of which, Ant, I noticed Harris Scarfe in dickson (closer to your location, Tristan) is advertising for staff.

bd84 bd84 9:45 pm 31 May 09

Heaps of help wanted signs up in the businesses around. Places like KFC and other retail outlets are always looking, all you need to do is get up and put your application in.

ant ant 8:28 pm 31 May 09

There’s still “wanted” signs up in a lot of shop windows. Just today, they had them out in Qbn, at Coles and Spotlight. Given that families with kids are now out in Woden, Tuggeranong and Gunghalin, I imagine Civic is gagging for young workers.

deezagood deezagood 7:10 pm 31 May 09

The after school carers at our school love their job and they can’t believe they get paid to have fun with the kids. But we do have a pretty good school, with predominantly nice kids.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 6:51 pm 31 May 09

I think it’s also the weird swings between lack of attention and too much attention. 95% of the time, these parents won’t pay attention to their children, but come the time these children need to account for their actions in the playground, the parents are up in arms and screaming, “What?!! My child??!! My baby-boos would never hit anyone!!!”

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 6:33 pm 31 May 09

You’ll also learn that some children are the spawn of hell and you’ll spend the rest of your life determined that if you ever have children, you’ll raise them PROPERLY!!

What’s really interesting is how so many parents have such low behavioural expectations of their kids. Experience has shown that if you don’t communicate that high standards are expected, you get lots of bad behaviour.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 5:16 pm 31 May 09

deezagood said :

After-care school facilities are always desperate for fun, friendly, responsible young staff to supervise and entertain the kids from the hours of around 3pm – 6pm (which suits many older students). They also like to hire older kids (17 and up) rather than 15 and 16 year olds. Another bonus – they are usually keen to hire blokes too, because boys tend to respond really well to male influences (and the young males are great at organising team sports etc…). You’ll need to have a police check and most places will provide the training you require. Why don’t you pop in to the Campbell primary school and see if they are looking for staff?

+1. That’s what I did. It’s a good experience as it teaches you to behave maturely and responsibly in a workplace, as there are little-un’s depending on you.

You’ll also learn that some children are the spawn of hell and you’ll spend the rest of your life determined that if you ever have children, you’ll raise them PROPERLY!!

deezagood deezagood 4:19 pm 31 May 09

After-care school facilities are always desperate for fun, friendly, responsible young staff to supervise and entertain the kids from the hours of around 3pm – 6pm (which suits many older students). They also like to hire older kids (17 and up) rather than 15 and 16 year olds. Another bonus – they are usually keen to hire blokes too, because boys tend to respond really well to male influences (and the young males are great at organising team sports etc…). You’ll need to have a police check and most places will provide the training you require. Why don’t you pop in to the Campbell primary school and see if they are looking for staff?

shiny flu shiny flu 4:06 pm 31 May 09

I started at the bottom feeder of bottom feeder of jobs… Glassy at a nightclub.. eventually turning into someone that pours liquid into glasses and handing them to people(revers Glassy). These jobs (supermarket/servo/waiting) are good because you’ll gain a lot of humility and respect simultaneously and if you have an opposable thumb you’re a perfect candidate – i.e. no real skills required.

After leaving hell… I mean hospitality I went into retail where you earn more, stand around more but also have to use your brain a lot more. The only issue is that most places want people with some sort of work experience and whilst ‘helping out at school fete’ sounds good it doesn’t mean too much in the real world. However a slight exception to the rule, if there’s a particular interest you have- try getting a job at a related store/business. I was a big bushwalker back during school so I sold my soul to Kathmandu and Mountain Designs. I later got into velocipedes in Uni so I started working at a bike shop etc.

Also another tip- if you need money, one should leave one’s ego at the door. I worked at a luggage AND handbag store. Whilst selling handbags was not really difficult, friends would make jokes. However getting paid $16-17 (can’t quite remember) an hour when they were all pulling minimum wage at Woolies- well there you go.

harvyk1 harvyk1 3:24 pm 31 May 09

Get your CV together, and go speak with people. Ask places (shops etc) if they have any positions available (also look on the web and in shop windows). Don’t bother leaving them a copy of your CV if they don’t, just come back again in a couple of weeks time and ask again. If you leave your CV with someone it’ll probably end up in the bin.

deye deye 2:13 pm 31 May 09

Walk through Civic and look in the shop front windows. Plenty of job vacancy signs around.

Spam Box Spam Box 1:41 pm 31 May 09

Service stations are often a good place to look.

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