We all go to our parents from time to time asking for some money. So what happens when, instead of handing over a $5 or $10 bill, they reply by telling you to get a job? Even though it can seem difficult to balance a job with schoolwork, it really is worth it. I mean, who doesn’t want a little bit of extra spending money? Not to mention, having a job in high school teaches you valuable time management skills. Perhaps the best perk of having a job in high school, though, is that it can boost your shot at getting into your dream college. When comparing applicants with similar ACT scores, extracurriculars, and grades, a college is more likely to choose the applicant who has been able to balance a job with other activities throughout high school. You may still be hesitant about getting a job, because even though it has many benefits, it can seem stressful and boring. However, if you find the right job you can have fun while making money. Here are the top five places to work during high school . . .
One of the best places for a busy high schooler to get a job is Fareway, a local grocery store. Not only is Fareway closed on Sundays and holidays, but it also closes at 9:00 pm every night. There are 3 Fareway locations in Omaha, offering the possibility for employment no matter where you live. Fareway has two main positions for teenagers: cashier or courtesy clerk (bagger). If you are looking for a job that works well with your schedule, Fareway is the place for you! The company is very flexible with scheduling, so if there are certain days that you can’t work on it’s not a problem.
It may seem like just about every high schooler you know works at Hy-Vee, but there is a reason for that. Hy-Vee is, for the most part, always hiring new employees, so if you are looking for a place that is currently hiring, Hy-Vee is perfect. Hy-Vee stores are all over Omaha, so it is almost guaranteed that you can find one close enough to you. This grocery store also offers fairly flexible scheduling, which is great for busy high school students. Hy-Vee also has many different departments for employees to work in, so you have the possibility of being in the bakery, floral department, or front end as a cashier, thus giving you the chance to find a department that best fits your personality.
3. Le Peep
If you’re looking for a job where you can be on your toes 24/7, consider Le Peep! Le Peep is a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and brunch. Since Le Peep closes at 2:00 pm, high schoolers can generally only work on weekends. If you are willing to give up the mornings of your weekends, apply here! Quite a few students from other high schools in Omaha work at Le Peep, so it is also a great way to meet people from other schools. When you work here, you will most likely be either a server or a host. Working at Le Peep provides a fast-paced atmosphere, so you are less likely to get bored working here. An added bonus to working at Le Peep is that you can make a lot of tip money!
4. Green Beans Coffee
Green Beans Coffee is small coffee shop in Millard. This is a great place to work if you want to be a part of an organization with a good cause. Green Beans Coffee donates a percentage of its profits to support families of fallen soldiers, so employees can be sure that they are making a positive impact with their work. Working here, you can take drive thru orders or help make drinks. This job is perfect for a busy high school student because it has great hours. The shop closes at 6:00 pm every Wednesday through Saturday and 5:00 pm every Sunday through Tuesday. If you live near Millard or are willing to make the drive, working at Green Beans Coffee would be a good option for you.
5. Aksarben Cinema
If you are okay with working late nights, you should consider getting a job at Aksarben Cinema. Working at this movie theater comes with a lot of perks, including free movie tickets and free concessions. This movie theater’s prime location in the heart of East Omaha works well for people who live near Mercy. It is also a great job if you are trying to make a lot of money, since you will most likely be working quite a few hours. Unfortunately, this means you will probably get stuck working a lot of holidays, so it is important to keep that in mind. Ultimately, this job could be very fun and could help you make lots of money in a small time frame!
Getting a job doesn’t have to mean giving up your free time. These are five of the best jobs to have as a high schooler, but the possibilities are endless. By finding a job that is perfect for you, you can have fun while making money!