For many high school students, a job is necessary if they want to pay for common necessities such as a car, gas, and food when out with friends.
Some students work at an actual business and receive a wage, while others make money by helping around the community independently as babysitters or mowing lawns. “I like to babysit because I like to work with children and give parents some time for themselves,” says Amanda Werner, a junior at Cosby High School. She states that one thing she likes about this kind of work is that, rather than having a set pay, it can vary and sometimes she will make more than if she worked a real job.
Another junior, Shaquille Carmichael, works at an hourly job and is employed at Sky Zone, a popular indoor trampoline park. However, he works in two different areas; he is a cashier and a party host. “I like all the employee benefits, and the pay can be really great when you get an $80 tip,” says Carmichael.
Both Werner and Carmichael agree that there are many jobs available today, so there are plenty of options for people of all interests. A babysitting schedule can mesh well with responsibilities for another job, so a teenager can have two sources of money. Paying for a car, gas, or food is easy for these two students because they dedicate themselves to their jobs but have fun at the same time.
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