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I Need A Job!  
User currently offlineDelta777-XXX From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1017 posts, RR: 7
Posted (12 years 10 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1912 times:

Here is my situation: I need a part-time job to help me get by through college. I will be starting my freshman year at Georgia State University later this month. However, I am only 17 and am only in college because my grades were high enough to to skip the senior year of high school. Because of this, I won't have my high school diploma until after this year, even though I'll be a sophomore in college. It's hard to explain, but it's called a joint-enrollment program.
So yeah, most jobs require that you are 18 and have a college degree. Considering I've worked in a grocery store, hated it, and will not ever work in another... I am not left with very many options. Do any of you have an idea as to what I can do for work in Atlanta?


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User currently offlineBO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2771 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1900 times:

Dishwasher at a Restaurant like Earls. 7-9 dollars/hr+tips.

Or banquet servers at a hotel. 9-13 dollars/hr+tips.

Gas bar attendant, 6-8 bucks an hour.

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User currently offlineBigPhilNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1863 times:

Coke dealer - $1,200 an hour.

Or, yeah, be a dishwasher.


Phil Derner Jr.
User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 43
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1855 times:

At your age, with the economy the way it is?

Take ANYTHING you can get, even if you feel overqualified. Remember, at 17, you aren't going to get an office with a door, your own personal secretary, laptop, plus a $50,000 sign on bonus and $150,000 a year salary.

Ain't happenin'. Period. Not unless you start up your own company. And FYI: Computer nerds and IT geeks are dime a dozen nowadays. I know (of those)people who have a degree or two, plus ten years experience, and they're selling cars, or painting houses.

Plus, you may have book smarts, but it's all theory and no practice. Continue going to school and working at least part job to gain work experience. You will learn the basics, which you will carry with you for the rest of your work life whcih are punctuality, relationships (no we're not talking about that hot blonde or your cousin Jasper), deadlines, dealing with a boss, and so on.

So you skipped a year of high school. Good for you. But at 17, delivering pizzas or waiting on tables shouldn't be beneath you.

My advice to you:

EVERYONE has to start somewhere. Build a resume any way you can. A degree looks good. A degree with REAL EXPERIENCE looks better.

Good luck.

User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 17596 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1842 times:

Bar tend, you don't have to be 21 and can make very good money. Even at places like TGI Fridays, Chilis etc.

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User currently offlineDodgeCharger From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1810 times:

I worked at a Sam's Club in college. It was only part time but one good benefit of it was the fact that even hourly employees could own stock in Wal-Mart. So every paycheck I took out 25 bucks for stock. It isn't much but it is a good investment for the future and it was a start for me. Yes there are hours you hate working etc...but at 17 or 18 with no experience you are just gonna have to wait until you get that degree for a real job.

User currently offlineB777 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 21 hours ago) and read 1787 times:

Like the others said, at your age, your are not going to get a "real job" unless you have a lot of experience that the particular job requires. Working grocery store may seem low but if it pays decent, I say go for it. Other places I would look for work would be in restaurants or at malls. Also check the classifieds in the newspapers (I had a job working at my local airport this way) With the economy the way it is, even a degree won't garantee you a job if you don't have experience.

I am 21 and I shelf books at a library day in and day out. I really hate this job, but you know what - it pays my bills and puts money towards my education and I got to be thankful for what I have.

Hope this helps


PS: Cut down on expenses on things you don't really need like going to the movies or eating out.

User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 54
Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 20 hours ago) and read 1758 times:

What about taking a part-time office dogsbody job in a field related to your future career? When I was in high school, I did a co-op job in an insurance agency and that led directly to becoming an actuary. It was also helpful to my schooling and career, because I was exposed to the insurance industry. I didn't get to do anything glamourous, but I did learn a hell of a lot. If you can swing it, it's always better for your future to be working toward what you really want to do.

Forgot to say - you never know, you might make good connections for your future career too.

[Edited 2003-08-07 00:48:46]

But that was when I ruled the world
User currently offlineEmiratesA345 From Canada, joined Jun 2003, 2123 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 20 hours ago) and read 1767 times:

I always say, beggars can't be choosers. Take the first thing that comes your way. Glamorous or not. While working there, keep applying at other places, and when you find what you like, leave the place you're at.

EmiratesA345  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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User currently offlineAMSMAN From Ireland, joined Jan 2002, 1016 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (12 years 10 months 11 hours ago) and read 1740 times:

At your age, with the economy the way it is?

Take ANYTHING you can get, even if you feel overqualified. Remember, at 17, you aren't going to get an office with a door, your own personal secretary, laptop, plus a $50,000 sign on bonus and $150,000 a year salary.

That's not true. I was hired by Intel Corporation when I was 16, made permanent at the age of 18 (I'm 20 now). I get a good Salary AND they've given me a top of the range laptop, my own phone, business cards etc.

Anythings possible!!!!

Aer Lingus, Proud to be Irish.
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 10 months 3 hours ago) and read 1713 times:

We also need a job!


4.352.000 people in Germany

User currently offlineAmerican_4275 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1076 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 10 months 2 hours ago) and read 1701 times:

I just quit my job yesterday at CVS after I got a job at a law office doing some filing work - flexible hours, decent pay etc.

But anyways...I don't know what to tell you. If you don't want to work at a grocery shop, try the other stores around your area! There's not much more you can do. Working isn't supposed to be luxurious. You'd be lucky to find a job with the way things are right now. Take what you can get, man.


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