Job suggestions for a 15 year old girl.

Victoria - posted on 06/20/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )




Hello Everyone. I am trying to help my 15 year old niece find a job here in Canada, but aside from fast food restaurants, I can't think of anywhere else who would hire someone of that age. She is turning 16 at the end of the summer, is an extremely hard worker and wants to be a doctor when she grows up. Does anyone have any suggestions of where we should try? I am stumped.


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Anne - posted on 06/21/2011




I was coaching 6-10 year olds in a youth league, did a lot of babysitting and worked as a lifeguard. To get lifeguard isn't really that difficult, if you are a little athletic. Check with a local pool, they probably offer summer classes to do it - 1 night per week for 6 weeks, or something like that. I had friends that had paper routes - but I was never a morning person to do that myself. ;)

Bobbie - posted on 06/21/2011




ice cream shop, newspaper route, hostess in restaurant, child daycare assistant

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When I was 14, I babysat occasionally. My friend had a paper route.

When I turned 16, I started to do a variety of jobs (never fast food): waiting tables/hostessing, telemarketing, art model (posing for respectable art courses, not nude), shop clerk.

My husband at that age was a lifeguard, but you need certification and a lot of training and swimming ability for that.

Louise - posted on 06/20/2011




I don't live in Canada but her in England girls that age either work in hair dressers as hair washers and cleaners or waiting tables at the weekends in hotels. Other than the fast food restaurants they are pretty stuck due to the age restrictions and insurance.

Tara - posted on 06/20/2011




Most retail places will hire anyone 15 years or older, but some of them will hold off until your niece is 16 if she wants to try for alternate shifts (like afternoons or graveyards during the summer). Pretty much any of the fast food or retail places will be looking for people to cover during regular staff during the summer. You could also try some of the hardware stores like Rona or Home Hardware because they will hire teenagers for things like cashier or stocking shelves.

Victoria - posted on 06/20/2011




Awesome suggestions! And she is going to volunteer at the hospital once she turns 16 - that is the minimum age requirement for the one near her house. By any type of store, are you thinking retail?

JuLeah - posted on 06/20/2011




A pre school, day care, or day summer camp would. She could be a line coach for kids sports games, baby sit, berry picking, assistant with a vets office (large animal vets often take on kids her age - I spend many summers opening gates, holding and handing instruments, calming horses and cows)
Hummm... I scooped ice cream ... delivered news papers ... cleaned stalls .... assistant house painter .... much work out there for an able bodied youth

Jennifer - posted on 06/20/2011




She could try to do some baby sitting. There's also just about any type of store. If she is just looking for something constructive to do and not really worried about the pay, she could volunteer at a hospital or nursing home which would look great when applying for college to become a doctor.

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