WHAT DO WE DO NOW?
When I finished classes last week, I doubted that anyone would be hiring high schoolers. Amid the pandemic, since traditional summer jobs are unavailable and businesses are struggling, it felt like there were no opportunities. I''m sure that many of you felt similar. However, this summer doesn't have to be spent watching Netflix. After researching, I've found job opportunities that can give work experience and fill wallets this summer. Here's what I suggest:
For the helper
In response to Coronavirus, governments need contact tracers to retrace the steps of COVID-positive individuals and track possible exposure. The training is free and online, so it's easy to make money while helping your community.
For the kid lover
With camps closed, working parents are desperate for childcare. Sites like NextDoor can connect you with families near you and, since babysitting is frequently flexible, it''s perfect if you don''t want a full-time commitment.
For the biker
Surprisingly, many delivery jobs don''t require a car! In some areas, all you need is a bike. So, if you're on your way to becoming the next Lance Armstrong, this is a great option!
For the teacher
Online tutoring is popular this summer. One service is VIPKids, which lets you teach English to children in China. For anyone interested in education, this will give you great work experience!
For the athlete
If you're an athlete, offering private sports lessons to kids is perfect for you. To find clients, reach out to old coaches and ask if current students need help sharpening their skills!
These are only a few of the jobs available to teens right now. Don''t be discouraged as you search! While this year may be different, with a little creativity, we can find productive ways to fill our summers!
In the world of COVID-19, there's no doubt that working from home is the new normal. However, most traditional high school jobs don't lend themselves well to a virtual format.
Let's be honest. Trying to find a part-time job as a teen can be overwhelming. I can't tell you how many hours I've spent on Google, searching every company I know, only to find out that most of them are only hiring college kids. If you take this approach, this process can be frustrating, to say the least.