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16 year old jobs?

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Shop work etc. is pretty much the norm. Its what I did from 15-19. Also, try the Work and Volunteering forum ;)
  • SkiveSkive No discipline. No morality. No respect. New ForestPosts: 15,194 Skive's The Limit
    ASDA noiw pay their 16 year ols the same rate as the over 18's though supermarket work really is crap.

    Of course there's always McDonalds. Of course flipping burgers isn't that good either but, they don't pay bad, hours are very flexible, and where I worked there was a great atmosphere. I really enjoyed.
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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    yeh restaurant work will have you working harder than alternative 'unskilled' jobs ahem. but you'll get a shared sense of acheivement after each day, hopefully.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    If I'm honest, my advice is: KEEP TRYING

    A lot of larger retail chains are taking on Christmas Staff at the minute (HMV, Woolworths, Argos, Game, Gamestation, Matalan, Instore, various card shops....and many more I would guess, depending on the area where you live) and these can be great for gaining experience before moving on to a permanent part time job. Christmas jobs are generally easier to come by as they're looking for a bulk of temporary staff, rather than just one person permanently.

    What is near to your college? A lot of places will advertise in their windows and in your local paper, so just keep searching and keep asking.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    The only places I can think of that refuse to employ people under 18 are DIY stores (with B&Q I think the lower limit's more like 58 tbh) or pubs and clubs. Even then you can get jobs glass collecting in clubs and town centre bars. Ask your friends and family that have jobs already too, to see if their workplaces are looking. Most places prefer 16-17 year olds for part time work anyway, because they can pay them less. Also, most places are pretty unorganised, so your CV might just end up on a pile on a desk somewhere, so it's good to call up afterwards, to let them know you've dropped a CV in, and ask whether there's any positions available. Finding out the manager's name beforehand is also an advantage, rather than sending your CV to "the manager."
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Why don't you work weekends if weeknights are a problem for you? I'd recommend somewhere like a fast food restaurant or a shop as both will take anyone over the age of 16. Fast food restaurants have a high staff turnover so they are always looking for new staff.

    Keep trying!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    ASDA (and most other supermarkets) will take you on from 16 upwards, a few of my friends work in supermarkets. I'd keep trying them:)
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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Lukeff7 wrote:
    sweet :D I just wana make sure I have time to see my girlfriend still :(

    if you haven't seen her because of work, makes the time you see each other extra special.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    silverhalo wrote:
    Why don't you work weekends if weeknights are a problem for you? I'd recommend somewhere like a fast food restaurant or a shop as both will take anyone over the age of 16. Fast food restaurants have a high staff turnover so they are always looking for new staff.

    Keep trying!

    I did try to look at restraunts and shop work, but was unable to find anything unless I wanted to give up my whole weekend just to work...:rolleyes:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Our asda take what they can get lol
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    even if you did get a job, most places pay 4 weekly so you'd have to give her a late present :p
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    lot of my friends work in shops/kitchens/packing stuff. Just have a look around. There's nearly always something going.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Shops/resturants/fast food places/supermarkets are all good bets for 16+. You only need to work one day a week. I used to do 4 hours + overtime when I was at sixth form and I was fine for money. You just have to keep trying, most places will need Xmas staff soon. My brother started at Comet last yaer on an Xmas contract and he's still there :lol: (Hes a 23-year old graduate as well)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    supermarket is your best bet i'd say
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    i doubt even if you get a job that you'll get paid in 20 days.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    you can leave school at 16, so most places that dont require many qualifications or the selling of alcohol/knives/adult material will employ you, in my experience anyway. I worked in a warrens bakery and boots the chemist are two places i worked that give just a few hours a week and employ under 18s.
  • JsTJsT TheSite Graduate Posts: 18,265 Incredible Poster
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    JsT wrote:
    Quite ironic for them to make an anti age discrimination move, just weeks after banning anyone between 16 and 18 from buying cigarettes.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Quite ironic for them to make an anti age discrimination move, just weeks after banning anyone between 16 and 18 from buying cigarettes.
    wtf??!!
  • JsTJsT TheSite Graduate Posts: 18,265 Incredible Poster
    Quite ironic for them to make an anti age discrimination move, just weeks after banning anyone between 16 and 18 from buying cigarettes.
    It is really.......
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    ''Raising pay rates will cost the supermarket an estimated £1.7m, pay rates for 16 and 17 year olds will rise from £5.19 an hour to £5.71.''

    So Asda were already paying 16 and 17 year olds £5.19?!?! That's a hell of a lot at that age.
    At Mcdonalds (at least where my friend works) you get £4.21 untill you are 21!

    I can't see why any 16/17 year old employee there would be at all unhappy about their wage, that's 2p less an hour than I get and i'm 20.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    JsT wrote:
    It is really.......
    I can't believe you didn't hear about that. It was on the news and everything.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    What places have told you they won't take under-16s? I looked forward to my 16th birthday so much because it meant I could start earning - I mean if you can leave school and start working at 16, why wouldn't you be able to get a part-time job?

    Oh, and I work at Next. Our 16yo pay isn't great (£4.53) but we're taking CVs for Christmas staff at the moment :)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    A guy I work with at Debenhams is 16 but he said that quite a few places wouldn't take him on because of age, I remember he mentioned co-op said you had to be 17 and Virgin Megastore said 18. But do keep trying shops etc, and good luck :)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    some tips:
    avoid places that sell products with alcohol i.e. specialist chocolate shops, supermarkets unless you're stacking, offies.
    avoid places that sell DVDs videos and games with age retrictions.
    apply to department stores
    apply for things you would like to do and are enthusiastic about
    have a look around shopping centres, everyone wants xmas temps now
    make sure you CV is up to scratch by going to see a conexions worker with it and sometimes they also have information on part time jobs (but it does depend on the area)
    look smart when handing out CVs and try to hand them to the manager because many other people will just throw them away.

    and btw i'm 16 working for a cosmetics comany and getting paid £5.25 + an hour... but you won't find much more than 8 hour contracts but they can be flexi
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Raising pay rates will cost the supermarket an estimated £1.7m, pay rates for 16 and 17 year olds will rise from £5.19 an hour to £5.71.

    Bloody hell, I knew they paid well but :eek2: I'm used to being on £3.50-£4.00 an hour. I applied at ASDA last night, now I really hope they give me a job :crying:

    I noticed the cigarettes there going from 16 to 18. Tbh, I agree with it. Our ASDA's already strict on ID'ing though, my boyriend gets ID'd every time he goes for a lottery ticket there (although I don't for some strange reason) but he's been buying them at the same place every week for his mum for 2 years now.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Bear-Max wrote:
    What places have told you they won't take under-16s? I looked forward to my 16th birthday so much because it meant I could start earning - I mean if you can leave school and start working at 16, why wouldn't you be able to get a part-time job?

    Oh, and I work at Next. Our 16yo pay isn't great (£4.53) but we're taking CVs for Christmas staff at the moment :)
    Just an update, we now pay £5.06 for 16 year olds. So I'm happier.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I worked at Debenhams when I was 16... 5 years ago. :o I was on £3.90 starting wage then...

    I know Superdrug used to take on younger staff, too.
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