Jobs for 16 year olds

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Are there any jobs which require any actual work for a 16 year old? What I mean is, everyone I know who has a job works at a store packing bags. Are there any jobs which not ever 16 year old can do? Almost every job I've seen which actually does something only hires 18 year olds and up... Next semester when I will have more time, I would like to get some job which maybe involves statistics, or basic programming, or something like that... This type of job not only would be more enjoyable, but may also give more money and actual experience. So are there any fields like these which hire 16 year olds?
 

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Not really, no. Unless you have connections in the community.
 
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I can't think of anything...
 
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I worked for a member of parliament last summer (I was 15 turning 16 at the end of the summer). Got paid $10 and hour to sit in an air conditioned office on Parliament Hill (where the govt is in Ottawa, Canada) and make the MP's website. :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:

Here it is: (not sure if it's up to date they stopped paying me when it was finished so I haven't updated it...although I did put javascript in so that the current date is displayed.)

www.dalejohnstonmp.com[/URL][URL=
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www.dalejohnstonmp.com[/URL]

Jobs for 16 year olds
 
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I was repairing the bodywork of cars at 16... how about delivering mail? Supermarket cashier? Your own company?
 
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rocketboy said:
I worked for a member of parliament last summer (I was 15 turning 16 at the end of the summer). Got paid $10 and hour to sit in an air conditioned office on Parliament Hill (where the govt is in Ottawa, Canada) and make the MP's website. :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:

Here it is: (not sure if it's up to date they stopped paying me when it was finished so I haven't updated it...although I did put javascript in so that the current date is displayed.)

www.dalejohnstonmp.com[/URL][URL=
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www.dalejohnstonmp.com[/URL][/QUOTE]
... You worked for the tories?
 
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Basic programming? Can you do anything else?

My best friend got his start programming on the cheap when he was 16. He did very basic work and got paid peanuts (minimum wage) but it challenged him.

You could probably find a place locally to do some smaller work for. That is, if you can offer something half useful in terms of programming skills.
 
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singleton said:
Basic programming? Can you do anything else?

My best friend got his start programming on the cheap when he was 16. He did very basic work and got paid peanuts (minimum wage) but it challenged him.

You could probably find a place locally to do some smaller work for. That is, if you can offer something half useful in terms of programming skills.

I would love that, I wouldn't mind the 5.xx an hour if it challenged me and got me thinking. I am generally good at figuring things out, so some basic training would allow me to do far more. The thing is though, since I will have a light course load at my high school next semester, I will want a job. This leaves me with a few months of time to learn to do something specific for a certain job. I will see if my dad has any "connections" to people who need someone to do non professional work.

EDIT: I am currently taking PreCalculus, I will be taking calculus next semester.
 
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Knowing basic Calculus will do nothing for you right now.

If I were you, I'd consider finding a place for basic programming like mentionned above.

Your other option is to start your own company. If you plan on taking this route, write a business plan. Don't think of one... actually write one.
 
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Do you mean basic programming... or BASIC programming?
 
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Pengwuino said:
Do you mean basic programming... or BASIC programming?

I hope he doesn't mean Microsoft Word and Excel. :eek:
 
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Which oddly enough is about the necessary skill for half the jobs around here :P
 
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Pengwuino said:
Do you mean basic programming... or BASIC programming?

I mean, I know some limited programming. Mainly C



About people talking about my own business. How would that work, I'm going to a university when I graduate high school in two years, plus, what kind of business can someone my age form , actually, I'll go search google :tongue:
 
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I was going to start my own business when I graduated, but then my partner went down to victoria. I was going to do it again, over the net. Then my partner got banned...
 
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Smurf said:
I was going to start my own business when I graduated, but then my partner went down to victoria. I was going to do it again, over the net. Then my partner got banned...

lolyour partner got banned? From what? The internet? :P

*sign on*

*"We're sorry, you have been banned from the Internet"*
 
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Pengwuino said:
lolyour partner got banned? From what? The internet? :P

*sign on*

*"We're sorry, you have been banned from the Internet"*
:rofl: Ouch! :rofl:

Most jobs for 16 year olds assume you have no marketable skills or work experience, and serve the function of providing you with that experience. The only jobs I knew of at 16 that required additional skills was working as a lifeguard in the summer (that required lifeguard training/certification). But, yeah, pretty much when I was 16, people worked as cashiers in the grocery store, flipped burgers at one of the fast food chains, or worked at a store in the mall (the jobs in the movie theaters were the best because you got to see movies free), or babysat.
 
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I hope my kids are this eager for a job at 16
 
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Smurf said:
... You worked for the tories?
But of course...my other options were the lying decieving (insert every negative word you can think of here) liberals or...wait, I don't want this to get into a huge political discussion because I end up writing HUGE posts and getting into really heated arguments :tongue2:

not only do I support the tories but also they paid well, I work for anybody who pays me well:biggrin:
 
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I'm 19 and have never had a job. I just don't understand people who are all "I can't wait to get a job!". I am not looking forward to my first job, as it will probably involve something menial like being a bus boy or washing dishes. What a waste of my time.
 
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ek said:
I'm 19 and have never had a job. I just don't understand people who are all "I can't wait to get a job!". I am not looking forward to my first job, as it will probably involve something menial like being a bus boy or washing dishes. What a waste of my time.

Yah wait till your first bill and come back and tell us how good life is without a job :tongue2:
 
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ek said:
I'm 19 and have never had a job. I just don't understand people who are all "I can't wait to get a job!". I am not looking forward to my first job, as it will probably involve something menial like being a bus boy or washing dishes. What a waste of my time.
I washed dishes the summer before my website job with the tories. It was a ton of fun, kitchen staff are so laid back and fun to work with, you wear whatever you want, you get dirty, you eat free food, drink free drinks, flirt with the hot waitresses, make fun of the chefs...and since I was in the kitchen of a golf course restaraunt I also played free golf!

Waste of time?
a)Free food and drink
b)Free golf
c)Money
d)Work experience
e)Something to do
 
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ek said:
I'm 19 and have never had a job. I just don't understand people who are all "I can't wait to get a job!". I am not looking forward to my first job, as it will probably involve something menial like being a bus boy or washing dishes. What a waste of my time.
Well see, there is this thing called money, which seems to be a pretty popular item among folks. It would probably be beneficial to obtain some of this "money" and use it for whatever it is used for.

Seriously though, I want to have the experience of working somewhere. I would hate working at a grocery store, although it is where I will most likely end up working.

Another question, are there any "better" jobs which I could work for free for? I wouldn't mind working for free really, as long as it was a good job...(with the possibility of a bonus being a plus of course :approve: ).
 
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From what I hear, working in kitchen is hell!

I think that was just because you were on a golf course... nothing like the traffic you'd get at a dedicated restaurant.
 
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moose said:
Another question, are there any "better" jobs which I could work for free for? I wouldn't mind working for free really, as long as it was a good job...(with the possibility of a bonus being a plus of course :approve: ).

Do some volunteer work. Here you can friggen build houses with habitat for humanity! I got to use a jackhammer when I helped! Man that was sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet
 
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Pengwuino said:
From what I hear, working in kitchen is hell!

I think that was just because you were on a golf course... nothing like the traffic you'd get at a dedicated restaurant.
Yeah, on a golf course, you pretty much are preparing leisurely lunches and some catered meals. In a regular restaurant, you're starting at around 11 AM and working until well past midnight (there's always that one table that gets seated just as the kitchen is supposed to close and forces the chef to keep things open another hour or two). The heat is insane. Plus, chefs are unbearable to work around (my brother-in-law is a chef...well, was a chef, now he has decided he doesn't know what he wants to be when he grows up :rolleyes:...I'm not saying he's a good chef, just a chef).
 
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Pengwuino said:
Do some volunteer work. Here you can friggen build houses with habitat for humanity! I got to use a jackhammer when I helped! Man that was sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet
Of all the volunteer opportunities around, I always thought that was the coolest! I haven't ever done it, but I know the wife of one of the other faculty members here is interested in doing it too, so maybe I'll get her to sign up with me. You do something really great for someone, get to work with other fun people, and get to learn something about building a house, which is a great thing to learn for when you're a homeowner someday!
 
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I'm thinking of volunteering at the challenger space center which is about 100 yards from my high school. Underlined in this picture.
http://www.1337moose.com/space/sunrise.jpg [Broken]

Bassically, I would be a tour guide or something like that. I want something else to try first though. To volunteer at some real company or something :/
 
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I see several of people saying they're volunteering, that's not a job is it? A job is when you get paid!

Movie theater (IMAX!) jobs are good and fun for sixteen year-olds.
 
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Mk said:
I see several of people saying they're volunteering, that's not a job is it? A job is when you get paid!

Movie theater (IMAX!) jobs are good and fun for sixteen year-olds.

The main point of this thread was to find out if there were jobs other than those types of jobs :redface:
 
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I'm thinking of volunteering at the challenger space center which is about 100 yards from my high school. Underlined in this picture.
http://www.1337moose.com/space/sunrise.jpg [Broken]

Bassically, I would be a tour guide or something like that. I want something else to try first though. To volunteer at some real company or something :/
Which high school is that?
 
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Which high school is that?
Sunrise Mountain Highschool...What school are you going to and what is your general area of residence
 
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I live by hayden and indian bend, but I go to school in arcadia. (ingleside Middle School)
 
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moose said:
Bassically, I would be a tour guide or something like that. I want something else to try first though. To volunteer at some real company or something :/

Uhhhhhh I really don't think they'll let you be a tour guide at 16. And companies don't allow people to volunteer really. You have internships however...
 
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Well see, there is this thing called money, which seems to be a pretty popular item among folks. It would probably be beneficial to obtain some of this "money" and use it for whatever it is used for.

I have plenty of money. All of it through online poker. Made $2500 alone in the past two weeks. Puts me well over 10k for the year, averaging about 6 or 7 hours a week of playing time. So money is not the issue. I'll just eventually have to get a job to get something on my resume. "Poker Player" does not look good on a resume I imagine.

My hope is that next summer I can get a job at the DAO (Dominion Astrophysical Observatory) here in Victoria. Now that is a job that would be worth my time. Even if it was just giving tours or something that would be great.
 
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A friend of mine started his own business in HS. He hired other teenagers to paint houses. He supervised, estimated the jobs, ordered paint, made the contacts, bought the ladders and brushes. Last I heard he owned several funeral homes and ran a business selling modular homes. His first car was a used Mercedes.
 

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