Am I Ready for My First Job?

Employee is a person who is hired to do a specific job for wages or salary and is under the employer’s control. Being employed means you have to follow the process of being hired, understand the roles and responsibilities of your work, and feel the pressure of being a subordinate. It doesn’t sound fun at all right?

What motivate you of having a job?

So what is the main reason you want to work? Besides having and developing job experiences, skills and knowledge, money is probably the main trigger. Ray Kroc, McDonalds’s founder, once said that “If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours”.

quotes ray kroc

Do you know that sports and volunteer jobs for teens might help you into college rather than working for a wages?

What will you experience if you decide to work?

If you are sure you are ready to pursue a career, then you should understand that you will

  • interact with new people with various temperaments
  • be responsible with money
  • learn completely new things
  • do more physical labor for hours
  • have very less leisure time

Career Readiness Quiz

Take 3 minutes to complete the following 15 questions quiz

What jobs teen can apply?

Jobs with minimum high school diploma / GED or without minimum education requirement such as the followings:

Cook, Grill Cook, Line Cook
Crew Member, Team Member, Sales Associate, Bagger
Food Preparation Worker, Deli Clerk, Dietary Aide, Prep Cook
Food Server, Server, Waiter, Waitress, Bus Boy
Dish Machine Operator, Dish Room Worker, Dishwasher, Kitchen Steward
Barista, Bartender
Greeter, Hospitality Coordinator, Host, Hostess
Aquarist, Dog Groomer, Groomer, Kennel Attendant
Recreation Attendant, Ride Operator, Service Representative, Ski Lift Operator
Cashier, Checker, Clerk, Counter Clerk, Customer Service Representative
Art Model, Artist’s Model, Figure Model, Model
Delivery Driver

What things exactly are employers seeking from job seekers?

The National Associations of Colleges and Employers, NACE, published eight competencies that employers are looking for in job seekers.

Next: Part 2

Resume for Teens