It might be mid-summer, but there’s still time for teens and college students to land a summer job. Yesterday I shared my top tips on the TODAY Show. The first is that you just might need to be a bit more creative and enterprising—get beyond just looking at the mall and think about creating your own job. Here are a few great summer job options:
Follow the green. If you enjoy spending time outdoors and are physically fit, two great jobs for teens are mowing lawns and caddying. No one wants to mow their own lawn in the hot summer (!), so offer up your services to neighbors and friends or local landscaping companies. For caddying, many golf courses/country clubs have programs geared toward teen caddies and you can make great money ($50-$100 per round, plus tips).
Amusement parks. One of the classic, seasonal summer jobs, and known to be fun and teen-friendly. Six Flags, for example, has parks where 50% of employees are teens aged 15-19.
Catering helper. Local, family-owned restaurants, markets, bakeries can often use an extra pair of hands to help with food prep, administrative duties, and the endless schlepping that accompanies setting up at summer farmer’s markets and events.
Retail sales and stock. These are among the most in demand jobs for teenagers– in part because you’ll likely get an employee discount! Don’t limit yourself to big name stores at the mall; look at local boutiques and businesses that might need help behind the scenes doing stockroom duties and inventory.
Tutoring. If you have great grades and test scores, you might be able to score one of these jobs. Check out sites such as instaedu.com, which allow tutors to work on their own schedule, tutoring students all over the world.