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After School or Saturday jobs for teenagers

Original post made by Paly Parent, Midtown, on Jan 9, 2016

Question. Do teenagers still get after school jobs or Saturday jobs? If so where and how did they get them? Thank you.

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Posted by Que Pasa
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 9, 2016 at 9:34 am

Rarely. With the demands of homework, long-term projects, tutors, and extra-curriculars ( school sports, clubs, hobbies), kids in PAUSD have no time left over for part-time or weekend jobs.

Very rarely, a child whose parents are barely staying afloat financially will drop extra-curriculars, tutors, and APs in order to work after school and weekends, but it usually hurts academic performance badly ( not to mention unfinished homework).

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Posted by T & C
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 9, 2016 at 12:49 pm

A number of Paly teens seem to work part-time at the shops in Town and Country.

Posted by C
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jan 9, 2016 at 2:39 pm

If you check Paly's course catalog there's a class called "Work Experience" that might interest you - basically, you can get credit for having an off campus job. The teacher will assist you in finding a job though employment isn't guaranteed. Besides that, if you go to the wall near the College & Career center there will usually be postings for internships and jobs aimed towards HS students.

As for how students are employed, I've observed that of those who are working most are involved with one of the following: internships, restaurants (waiter/hostess), or gyms. A few worked at Stanford Shopping Center, but not many.

Posted by Truth
a resident of Duveneck School
on Jan 9, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Agree with Que Pasa. Depends on the college aspirations. Those trying for top-tier, elite, Ivy, UC schools are building their resumes with community service, research, extracurriculars, SAT studying, tutors, awards, etc. With college admissions demanding 3.8+ GPAS and high SAT/ACT scores, along with the excessive homework PAUSD demands, there is basically no time for jobs unless the student is going to a "State University", community college, or third tier school (which is fine - these are the "normal" kids with good social skills who aren't so stressed-out).

Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 13, 2016 at 8:38 am

I am reminded of my own first job one summer in retail. It taught me so much more about life and responsibility than anything I learned in school. I learned to be responsible to my job and my employer, as well as my fellow workers. I learned loyalty, the importance of being polite and professional, to dress for success and the rewards of a hard day's work with a nice fat paycheck to spend how I chose. Such a shame that today's youth don't have the same opportunities today.

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