Showing posts with label summer jobs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label summer jobs. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Where Is That Summer Paycheck Going? - A Lesson for High School Students

Summer is near and for many high school students that means it's time to start working at summer jobs. For many students the first real paycheck that they receive comes with a surprise in the form of tax withholding. PBS Learning Media has a free lesson plan through which students learn about reasons for taxes being withheld from paychecks, where the withholdings go, and why some people have more or less withheld than others.

In addition to helping students understand taxes withheld from paychecks Taxes - Where Does Your Money Go? introduces students to concepts related to saving for retirements. To that end, the lesson plan includes a video about how a self-employed person handles budgeting for taxes and retirement.

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I'm self-employed and sometimes I'm still surprised by how much is withheld from my paycheck so I have no doubt that many students are surprised by the same. This free lesson plan could help you help your students be a little less surprised when they look at their paychecks from their part-time jobs. 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Have a Teenager Still Looking for a Summer Job? - Take a Look at These Options

One of the talks that I give from time to time is titled Preparing Students to Work and Learn Independently. The focus of the talk is to help people understand the learning and employment opportunities that exist today that didn't exist 10-15 years ago. One part of the talk includes examples of the kinds of self-employment opportunities that are available to students today that didn't exist 10-15 years ago. Here are five of those opportunities.

1. Tee-shirt design and sales. There are plenty of online services that let students design and sell tee-shirts without any start-up costs. SunFrog is a service that I have personally used for that purpose.

2. Drone piloting. Students who have drones might offer their skills for sale to real estate agents. I know one realtor in my area who has hired students to fly drones to photograph the properties they are listing for sale.

3. YouTube publishing. YouTube allows you to monetize your videos through the use of their ad network, AdSense. Students could publish tutorial videos for their favorite games, demonstrate DIY projects, or publish videos about any other topic that strikes their fancy. It takes a lot of video views to make significant money this way, but it's  not unrealistic for a teenager to make $50-100/month.

4. Design and sell 3D printed objects. I've seen students create cell phone cases and speakers with 3D printers. A simple e-junkie or eBay store is a fine platform for resale of those items.

5. Virtual tech help. This has been an in-person option for years, but free tools like Skype, Zoom, and Google+ Hangouts make it possible for students to offer tech help remotely.

Disclaimer: Most online stores and advertising programs require people to be 18 or older. Therefore, students will need to have their parents register and let their teens manage the materials sold. Depending upon how much students earn, there may be tax implications to consider. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tech Jobs and Internships for Teens

Summer will be here soon in the Northern Hemisphere and that means there will be high school students looking for summer jobs and internships. Teens in Tech knows this and is doing something to help high school students find jobs and internships with tech companies. The Teens in Tech Job Board is a place for tech companies to post opportunities and for students to find those opportunities.

The Teens in Tech Job Board just launched this week so the opportunities list is limited still short. The job board does have the potential to become a good place for high school students to find a company that will give them an experience that they probably won't find mowing lawns or flipping burgers during the summer.

H/T to TechCrunch

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Tough Summer Job Market

We all know that the job market is tight. Fortunately, most of us in public education have relatively stable jobs (it's not like we're running out of kids). But what about our students and our graduating students who might be looking for summer work to earn some money for college, what does their job market look like? Today's episode of CNN Student News features a great segment about why this summer's job market will be the toughest it has been in decades. What the video doesn't do is explain what students can do to give themselves the best chance of getting a job. For summer job ideas and interview tips read below the video.

Sacha Chua writes a great blog that often contains tips for Generation Y job seekers. Sacha has produced a great slideshow about how social media can influence your work and workplace. Sacha also posted today, a list of great tips for networking at conferences. The tips she listed could easily be applied to a job fair setting.

Mashable produced a list of 40+ Places to Sell Your Designs Online. In March I wrote a blog post about the list and suggested that it could be a good place for art students to find part-time work.

Lindsey Pollak who writes for ABC News on Campus published a list of 10 Easy Ways to Find a Job During Winter Break. The ideas in that article could be applied to a student's summer job search.

Finally, if a student does get a job interview, they may want to review the advice offered in a January episode of CNN Student News, get a haircut.