Jobs and Careers
The Career Center is here to help you find jobs while you’re in high school as well as make decisions about what you want to do for an adult career. Check out the links below for these.
How do I find a job in high school?
Finding a job between the ages of 16 and 18 is challenging, but not impossible. Finding a job when you’re 18 it much easier, but make sure you’re telling your supervisor that school is a priority and you need time off to study and go to class.
When you’re searching for a job, you’ll want to make sure you make a resume (here’s a sample for you to make a copy of) and take that resume to grocery stores, restaurants, stores, and anywhere else you’re interested in working. When you take it in, make sure you thank people for their time and make eye contact. Also, make sure you’re wearing clothing that you could be working in so they see that you fit into their office.
Indeed.com - The most popular search engine. Often I search for part time or high school jobs.
Joblaunch.org - a very helpful resource with everything from interview tips to application pointers to body language advice.
hireteen.com/- a national website for jobs in our area at chain establishments.
How Do I know what I want to do after high school?
Choosing a job after high school has a lot of factors involved including the ones below. It’s okay to not know in high school what you want to do, and it’s also okay to change your mind later if you think you know now. What is important is that you’re trying out careers, seeing what is out there, and making decisions that help you get to the best place you can be. Questions to ask yourself are:
- How much education do you want to invest in?
- Do you love school? Can easily imagine yourself going to school for 2, 4, 6, even 12 more years? OR Are you done with school and ready to start work or enroll in a 3 month to 2 year program that will get you in a good job for you?
- Where do you want to live?
- Do you want to live in Walla Walla forever or are you more of a city dweller? Think of places you’re interested in and make sure that they have industries you enjoy (example: if you want to be a professional crab fisherman, you probably don’t want to live in Walla Walla)
- What jobs have you seen? Did you enjoy them?
- And most importantly, what do you enjoy?
To help you start thinking about job options, there are some websites with quizzes that you can take that can be really helpful:
It can also be helpful to take a personality test so you better understand yourself and how you interact in different situations. 16 Personalities/Myers-Briggs
Think a job may be the right fit? Job Shadow!
- You can do online job shadows through Virtual Job Shadow (provided by GEAR UP)
- Talk to Katharine in the Career Center about setting up a job shadow with a professional in town.