Part-time work for teenagers
Starting work is a great opportunity for teenagers to develop
new skills and learn responsibility while making their own money
for the first time.
How earning money
Teenagers starting work will get the chance to learn lots of new
skills. Here are some skills they can learn:
Volunteering is a good way for your teen to get work
- Active listening - Listening to and
- Problem solving - Learning to think and
- Team work - Working and cooperating with
- Time management - Planning and
- Communication - Being able to convey
their point of view and engage with colleagues and
Jobs also allow teenagers to develop skills around money. As
they will be earning their own money they will need to work out how
to save, when to spend and how to budget.
Encouraging kids to get a
Here are a few things you should consider when encouraging
your teenage kids to get a job.
While some teenagers are keen and motivated
to find work as soon as they can, others require more help and
encouragement, especially in a competitive job market.
Writing a resume
Your teenager will need a resume to apply for a job. If this is
their first job, they may not know what to put in a resume. You may
need to help them pull the information together.
There are a number of resume templates available online. It is
also a good idea for your teen to contact potential employers
directly to check what information should be included in the
application and what experience is expected. You could also include
references in the resume of people who you know your child, such as
family friends, teachers or a sporting coach.
How often does your child want to work?
Before taking up a new job, it can be useful for your teenager
to think about what they hope to get out of part-time work, what
their goals are and how work will fit with their other
Some of the questions your child should ask themselves
- How often do I want to work?
- How often can I work?
- How will starting a job affect my school work and after
- How will I get to work?
How to help kids budget
and save their pay
Once your child has a job, they should think more about starting
a budget and setting savings goals.
Get them to draw up a spending budget for their wages,
allocating some money to spending and part of it to saving. Running
out of money before pay day is a great lesson in the value of
sticking to a budget.
Our budget planner can help you and your teenager put together a
Get your teenager to download MoneySmart's TrackMySpend app
to help them see where their money goes
Encourage them to set specific and realistic long-term goals and
to save some of their pay each week towards their goals.
Get your kids to work out how long it will take them to meet
their savings targets.
Savings goals calculator
For more information about starting a new job, see our first job web page
in our under 25s
Mobile phone lessons online
Get your kids to try MoneySmart Teaching's digital resources
about mobile phones which are all for years 5-6.
What should kids use their
This will depend on how much you want your child to contribute
to their own personal expenses, but here are a few things to think
Do your teenagers have part-time jobs? Check their payment
summary to see if they had any income tax deducted. If their income
is low but they've had tax deducted they can do a tax return and
get it refunded.
Mobile phone bills
Managing a teenager's mobile phone bill can be a big issue for
families, so you might ask your child to contribute money to help
pay some or all of their mobile phone bill. See our mobile phones
for Under 25s web page for more details.
If you usually pay for your teenager's clothes and shoes, but
they want a brand item that is more expensive, you could ask them
to contribute the difference between the brand item and what you
would usually pay, from their own earnings.
You could consider asking your teenager to contribute to any
technology or mobile devices they want from their part-time job
Starting a part-time job is a great way
for teenagers to develop life skills and independence, but remember
they will need good advice and guidance around money to stay on the
Last updated: 18 Oct 2017