3 Easy Ways To Get Work Experience for Teenagers

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Are you still attending high school, but you already wish to cast yourself into the world of labor? Would you like to earn a bit of extra money to go out with friends more often, or for other purposes? Well worry no more, because below we list you three easy tips about getting work experience, easily fit into your school schedule.

1. Start your own business

While this is easier said than done, there are nonetheless a number of opportunities for you to earn a little extra money and build important connections for you to rely on later. If you are the crafty type, then sell your jewelry, dishes and whatnots! There are tons of online marketplaces like Ruby Lane and Etsy, or even eBay to sell your stuff, easily done using a PayPal account. For the less able-handed, there are still a lot of opportunities – give online lectures on Scorbis, or if you’re good at languages, you could even try translating. The choice is yours!

2. Find a part-time job

If you’d like to work for a company instead of being a young entrepreneur, try out student jobs. Fast food restaurants like McDonalds are basically always looking for a spare hand, but for more ideas, feel free to check TheStudentJob.com. What is even better if you could ask your parents or other adult acquaintances for work – the fact that they know you will get you better job opportunities, and a more flexible schedule.

3. Be a volunteer!

Probably this is the best of the three – if helping other people and the thrill of working is more important to you than the payment received, you should definitely try out volunteering. There are a wide range of organizations with very inspiring messages to work for – for a few examples, check VolunteerMarch – ranging from teaching disadvantaged children to supporting local brands, the list is endless and the choice is yours. The experience is a guaranteed life-changer – the environment you volunteer in is generally so different from your own that the connections you build and the friends you find while volunteering will both grant you the experience of a lifetime.

So what are you waiting for? Try out one of the above, or even better, make your own personal mix – in the end, it’s only you who can head out and find your own work experience opportunity.


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Robert Palasik is a guest author and the writer of the blog Schoolonomic. He blogs about economic and financial fun facts, as well as basic concepts of economic theory as a secondary school student from Budapest, Hungary.


  1. Thank you, April, appreciate it! I am planning on helping out both Donna and myself with writing similar posts. Check out the blog if interested 🙂

  2. Great tips. I have to arrange for my son to do some volunteer work this year. It won’t be easy, because he has to have constant one on one.

  3. I really like the idea of volunteering. I always admired my best friend because she volunteered as a candy striper at the hospital.

  4. You’re right when you said by volunteering is a great way to gain work experience, and it can also lead into full employment. Most college students have to do internships just to get an job interview. So by you suggesting high schools students to do this helps them get their foot in the door, plus prepares them for later on, because these days employers want well rounded employees.

  5. I agree that volunteer work is a great idea. Not only does it look great on a resume, but it also teaches teens about helping others and about doing positive without being paid for it! It isn’t always about the money–that is a lesson many teens need to learn.

  6. I wish I had made my children work earlier. Kids now a days expect everything for nothing 🙁

  7. Thank you all for your comments, appreciate it 🙂

  8. Jake has been wanting to find a part-time job, but most places require him to be at least 16.

  9. Great ideas. Particularly volunteering. I think that volunteer work gives teens a bigger vision of the world.

  10. I started working when I was 15, and before that I volunteered. It’s never too early to start.

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