My daughter is almost 15 years old, I can't believe it.

Ferris wheel at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights (Bud McCormick)

She's excited to think about where she can work and make some money. It has me thinking about when I was 16 and worked at my local swimming pool. That brought back so many good memories. It was a summer job, only. My parents thought it would be a great idea since it was summer and it wouldn't interfere with my school work and sports I played. I think that's a good idea for my Abby too, maybe a summer job.

Kids want to work, at least Abby and her friends do. They want their own money and I think it teaches responsibility. Will she help pay one of the bills, maybe? Doubt it. I thought I'd try.

Some ideas for first jobs from monster.com - babysitting, camp councilor, dishwasher, cashier, retail, receptionist, host or hostess, and so many more.

Several co-workers told me their first jobs were babysitting, McDonald's, and the Seaside Heights boardwalk games. That sounds like fun. I know local boardwalks like Seaside Heights and Jenkinson's Boardwalk Pt. Pleasant Beach hire high school kids. Another co-worker of mine told me that her daughter worked at Jenkinson's Boardwalk and loved it. That would be a good first job.

Abby has mentioned she'd like to be a beach tag seller at the beach entrance at either Seaside Park or Seaside Heights. That might be a good first job.

Do you remember your first job. I remember the butterflies in my stomach when I started my very first job, but it felt so good. I felt independent.

What was your first job and how old were you?

 

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