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Jobs For Fall by Talia, Teen Blogger

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Fall imageIt’s hard to believe, but fall is here! It seems like just yesterday summer was starting, and now school has started. It’s nice to get back into a routine and see all your friends again! One of the things you can consider is getting a job for fall.

Getting a job during the school year is a little different than getting a summer job. In the summer you don’t have any other commitments and your hours are pretty flexible. In the fall… not so much. It’s still doable though, and it’s great to have a part time job during the school year, as it gives you some extra cash to save for school, or use for Christmas shopping, or even just shopping! It also gives you good work experience and good time management skills. There are a couple of things you may want to consider before you start looking for a job during the school year.

Ballet Dancer in Fall Leaves- photo

Will I have time to work?  

Make a list of everything you do in the fall and see if you have any time left for a job. Take into account school, homework and after school activities (soccer, rugby, track & field, dance or piano lessons). And, make sure you still have enough time to eat and sleep! Getting a job is great, but you want to be sure that other things (like your school grades) don’t start slipping. 

Will I be able to get to and from work?Metro Transit Bus photo

If you have your driver’s license and your own car, then great! You don’t need to worry about this one! Most of us rely on our parents for transportation. So make sure that they are willing and able to take you to work whenever you need to go. If you have any other siblings make sure you take into account where they will need to go too. Do they have a job or afterschool activities that they need to be driven to? If so, your parents might not be able to take both of you where you need to be if it’s at the same time. Make sure you discuss it with your parents before you start looking for a job. If you live in the city, you might be able to find a job that you can walk to, or bike,  or take the bus, or whatever [camel?] If you can, then that just makes it even easier. 

Teen Boy at Fast Food Job - photo

Do I have regular hours so I can manage a job?

Some of us have the same schedule every week. That’s great because it means that we know when we are free to work! Sometimes though, things get very hectic in the fall and we don’t know when we’ll be able to work, or even where we're going to be the next day! If you’re going on any family vacations, school trips, or hockey tournaments it can be hard to have a job. You’re going to need to work at certain times and may not be available.

If you answered ‘Yes’ to all the above questions then you can start looking for a job.
There aren’t as many job opportunities for students in the fall as there are in the summer, but that’s okay. You want to make sure you ge
t a job where you don’t have to work too many hours a week. Don’t overload yourself and try to do too much or you won’t be able to get anything done at all!

Start asking around. Make a resume and drop it off at various stores around your area. You can work at places like fast food restaurants, convenience stores or gas stations and they are normally hiring all year round. Check your local bulletin boards to see what types of jobs people are offering. Lots of times people will post odd jobs there that might be perfect for you.
Things like babysitting and raking leaves might be the way to go if you’re looking to make a little extra cash and don’t want the commitment of a job.

The main thing is to figure out what type of job is best for you. See how many hours a week you can work without wearing yourself out, and don’t work more than that.

So go out there and start job hunting! And good luck – I know you’ll find one in no time.

Talia

Teen Blogger

 

 

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