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Hey, Hey Kiddos. Summer Jobs for Kids?

Postby YakkitySax » February 10th, 2011, 8:42 pm

I was wondering if any of you had over the Summer months when you were in High School (or a bit older crowd, too, if you've graduated already) a job that wasn't working at a McDonalds or department store? Not your typical job, but something to put some money in your pocket. If you didn't, but have ideas that would be nice to hear too. This is sort of for a project, so serious answers would be nice.
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Re: Hey, Hey Kiddos. Summer Jobs for Kids?

Postby Sonic-ock » February 10th, 2011, 8:50 pm

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Re: Hey, Hey Kiddos. Summer Jobs for Kids?

Postby Chelleromo » February 10th, 2011, 8:51 pm

The summer before I went away, I had a job in a warehouse. It was owned by a company that catered to Amazon.com and Target, and it was long and boring and hard. I worked Thursday-Saturday on the night shift from 6PM-6AM. We would be given tickets that listed items to be ordered as well as scanner guns and a cart. We would scan the ticket, which would give us the item location, walk the cart to the item and then scan it. This went on and on and on all night. We would need to get at least 50 items in an hour, which is a lot of fast walking and grabbing.

I worked both the floor, packing, and in the cage, which was where all the expensive small items were. I saw many things I would've never thought of in that job, but it was long, tiring, and I ended up ripping my tendon from the sheer amount of running around I had to do. I did get paid $9 an hour, which put quite a lot in my savings account. Unfortunately, I had to quit working when I found out how badly I f***ed up my leg. But I liked the people there, and I got some hard labor experience, which drove me to work harder in school so I would never have to do it again.

That's not typical, right? I'm not just babbling on, I hope. XD
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Re: Hey, Hey Kiddos. Summer Jobs for Kids?

Postby Guest » February 10th, 2011, 9:12 pm

Had a summer internship with the university doing script add-ons for some of BioWare's NWN stuff a few years ago.

Re: Hey, Hey Kiddos. Summer Jobs for Kids?

Postby ParadoxComic » February 10th, 2011, 9:28 pm

I had more . . . fall/winter jobs than summer.

My first was at the local Renaissance fair. Sounds fun, but holy crap, never let your kid work in a place like that. It's like letting them work in a carnival. The 'adults' are drunk or stoned the entire day, making rude comments to all the guests, and there is no such thing as an age of consent in that place. If you have boobs, the men will do whatever they can to touch you in horrible, horrible ways.

My second job was much better. Cashier at a pumpkin patch for Halloween. This job I think would be good for a high school kid, because there's usually no register. You have to do the math in your head, which too few kids do these days. It also teaches you good people skills; I had to deal with so many angry mothers because their kid wasn't pampered by the other workers. Terrified me at the time, but helped me out quite a bit in life.
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Re: Hey, Hey Kiddos. Summer Jobs for Kids?

Postby stripedwine » February 11th, 2011, 3:17 pm

I was offered a telecommuting job with a magazine/paper in Oregon to be an editorial illustrator when I was 16. I flaked because I didn't know what an editorial illustrator was.

Other than that, I took commissions, and worked at a fabric store for 4 months in my senior year until my 16 hour days + homework started to seriously chip away at my sanity.
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Re: Hey, Hey Kiddos. Summer Jobs for Kids?

Postby Izkata » February 12th, 2011, 11:34 am

My entire senior year in High School, I worked as a page at the library. The person who shelves books.

We also had to help out anyone who asked us (since we knew where everything was anyway), find reserves and bring them back to the circulation desk when someone placed them online, and help out the librarians in general whenever they needed it. For example, there was a Curious George event one day, and I got to carry a real, live monkey.

It was also generally very relaxed - as long as the everything got done, we could goof off (quietly and non-intrusively, of course) or just stop and read some of the books we were shelving.
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Re: Hey, Hey Kiddos. Summer Jobs for Kids?

Postby Nymine » February 12th, 2011, 11:52 am

I moved before I had a chance to do this, but out in Sioux City, it was pretty typical that over the summer(as long as you were at least 15) you would go corn destasseling. Basically, volunteer to go to a farm, pile in a truck, get taken to a field and spend all day removing the part of the corn that germinates the other corn(which would ruin the crop). Hard flipping work, but you make like $300 a day plus they'd feed you. I had a friend who went detasseling every summer, saved the money and used that and a scholarship to get her through college. There was also a group of high schoolers would would help preserve the prairie by planting/transplanting grasses and taking tallies of the wildlife in certain areas.

I spent a couple summers organizing my dad's office for extra cash. I never really had an allowance and both times, his nurse was so sick she couldn't work for a while. So it was my job to sort all his files. Which, honestly, helped teach me skills that have bled into my job. I also spent a few summers helping restore some historic train stations out around Sioux City, which has been since turned in to a museum. That one I started before I was in high school, but I knew a few juniors who were helping out as well(they were actually being paid).
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Re: Hey, Hey Kiddos. Summer Jobs for Kids?

Postby mosama » February 12th, 2011, 12:13 pm

You can ask around your family if they'll let u do a small job with little pay- i worked at a little mexican corner store in the ghetto for like 5 days and i quit cuz i got sick of it but it was a job.
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Re: Hey, Hey Kiddos. Summer Jobs for Kids?

Postby Krista » February 12th, 2011, 9:39 pm

I did a lot of odd jobs before I landed a job as a cashier at a local grocery store. The cashiering job was (and still is, during the summer) a pretty decent gig; while it's not SUPER stimulating or anything I'd want to do forever, it does teach you people skills, and the pay is pretty alright for a part-time job. You could save up 2,000 dollars easily over a few months of working, if you budgeted it out right.

If you're looking for something a little less tedious, try out something that relates to your own interests. I used to paint a lot for people-- small scale stuff on canvas, or entire walls for kids rooms or classrooms. Those paid pretty well, even if it was just a one-time thing. I also coded websites for people, which was really fun; I didn't always get paid for it, but I enjoyed it and it gave me something to do.
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Re: Hey, Hey Kiddos. Summer Jobs for Kids?

Postby MemaiShirosaki » February 20th, 2011, 3:12 am

Technically, this was for school (I needed the credits), but I did an internship at an event management company; they originally wanted to put me in their graphic design department, but I ended up working at every station. From calling clients, to writing menus, designing dresses and picking out furniture/decorations for the venue. Lots of work, lots of late night, good if you like a bit of a party at the end of the day.

I help out at my aunt's bookshop from time to time too.
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Re: Hey, Hey Kiddos. Summer Jobs for Kids?

Postby Sorrows Neptune » February 27th, 2011, 3:09 am

For 3 or so weeks every summer I work at my Uncle's R.V. Park doing odd jobs. He pays me and my brothers hourly, so it's practically a summer job.
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Re: Hey, Hey Kiddos. Summer Jobs for Kids?

Postby Captain Ghost » February 27th, 2011, 4:08 am

Oi... tons...
I seem to have more of the 'weird' jobs than I do those considered relatively normal...


-fruit/berry picking:
Did this once many many summers ago in Quebec, blueberries used to/might still(?) rake in a ton of cash if you do it right.
Also did this in the Okanagan just a few years back, mostly for cherries & raspberries. We left before came apple picking time. You can also get a bunch of jobs sorting. Pay for this stuff was... 9.50 an hour, maybe 10? I don't recall. Depends where you go, it differs a lot, some places it's how much you pick, others by the hour...
-fish plant:
Did this a couple of summers. Either it's early morning work or late day work kinda thing, depending on the size of the factory. Mine was early morning. You do a lot of different kinds of jobs. Freezing fish, quality control [cutting out the stuff that's not supposed to be in there], making/lining boxes, filleting [I didn't actually do this part], etc. ... You could drive the fork lift if you have the ticket, ...
-newspaper delivery:
if you get particularly ambitious and decided to take on a few routes, you can make an okay amount... though I'm not sure it'd be much of a living. I did this a few years back when I was younger, along with a sibling or two more often than not.
-hay baling:
Depending on where you are... once the weather gets dry, fields are ripe for the baling. I got to use this nifty machine to wrap said bales in. Also was allowed to simply tune into my ipod as I did this, so it was kinda cool. Was offered to learn how to drive the tractor making said hay bales too so... kinda neat. A definite short term job, but it usually comes around every year and is good for some bucks.
... this field is so varied... unfortunately I have come to learn that I don't seem to like most faces of it, but whatever. Anyway, you don't HAVE to have gone to a trades school to get employed in construction. You make more, yes, but for something over the summer, it works. They're often looking for labourers. I got a 4ish month gig with my uncle not so long ago and made about... .. I don't remember exactly. Roughly 8k. Not including taxes I'll be getting back later on >> Housing/food was paid for in full too, so can't really go wrong : O ... as mentioned before, very varied. Done some rebar & roofing before. Insulation sucks, never touching it again. Sawed a LOT of wood. Air guns are fun. Safety glasses would be cooler if I didn't already /have/ glasses haha.

... More than that but I honestly can't remember what other random things I've done or been made to do ,__,
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Re: Hey, Hey Kiddos. Summer Jobs for Kids?

Postby gun21 » March 21st, 2011, 10:58 pm

I used to work at my dad's cement factory. It was pure hell. I pretty much carried 50 pound pieces of cement outside and threw them into a pile in 80 degree weather. After that, I would sweep the entire factory which was unheated, and covered in cement dust. I had to mix the cement in a giant vat that a person of my age probably had no business being around. Then I would build some pieces, which required me to build a mold, fill it with cement, use an air hammer to press it all inside, scrape any edges, unscrew the mold, and then carry the 200 pound piece over to a pummel horse to dry.

That said I did make a shit ton of money that summer.
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Re: Hey, Hey Kiddos. Summer Jobs for Kids?

Postby Aikaterine » March 26th, 2011, 5:23 pm

I worked at Six Flags for the entertainment or the like. Pay was pretty good and was easy work, but I swear to god. After talking to people who worked in the food department, I am never, -ever- eating there again.

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