Exams started today and it is a timely reminder that my first born is growing up. She has so many hopes and dreams for the future and I can see that parenting her is getting more expensive. Gone are the days when at 16 you were thrust out into the world to earn a living and become an adult. Now childhood is extended and there are still years of dependence in our midst. Just today Chloe came home with a school trip letter – the trip to Canada for after A Levels and we won’t get much change from 2K – such a lot of money for one person for one trip. She will be part funding it but it still seems excessive.
Yet soon enough she will be turning 17 and wanting to learn to drive too. Learning to drive is such a rite of passage these days but running a car at her age is an expensive outlay and it is often left to parents to go as a guarantor when getting a loan to cover the cost of a car. This type of loan is good as it teaches the young person how to mange a loan yet there is the safety net of parents. It is a further step towards adulthood and independence.
I had my first Saturday job at 14 and I couldn’t wait to earn my money. I saved it up and frequented TopShop in my spare time, another favourite was White Musk and those little bath pearls from Bodyshop. Chloe will be looking for part time work once her GCSE’s are out of the way. We have said that she needs to work through A Levels in order to contribute to this trip. Finding a job at that age is not easy though and I do think it was easier when I was her age.
The law on 16/17 year olds working
- Students can work around their studies although the minimum wage for under 18’s is only £3.87
- They cannot work after 10pm at night or before 6am
- They cannot work more than 8 hours in a day.
- They can only do light work
Jobs for students
- Babysitting is a great job but it is often not regular. Chloe will be helping to mind her littlest cousin one day a week over the summer but could do with knowing more neighbours that require babysitters!
- Working in retail is another obvious choice but finding part time hours around sixth form and hockey is not especially easy. If anyone see’s anything local do let us know.
- Cafe’s this is where I earned money and by doing events with waitressing via employment agencies. I don’t know if this is even a thing anymore and need to check. I liked this as I went to some great events, worked and got some pretty fab tips too. I went to Silverstone, the races and nice events which were always fun days out.
It is not easy being a student today, the cost of living is creeping up and they expectations on our young people has never been greater.
What was your first job and how old were you? Do let me know in the comments.