Guys guys guys, I finally got a job! I’ve been trying to get one for what feels like forever, I’m so happy to actually be working! I started on Monday the 11th, and worked every day except Friday, and the next week I did Monday and Tuesday. With school being out, I actually have the time to put into it, although I’ll still be working during term time too!
What do I do?
I work at an after school care and holiday programme (holidays at the moment). There are kids from 5-7 ish in the junior group, and 7-13ish in the senior group, although during the term the seniors are split into seniors and middles. I spent 4 days in the first week with the seniors, and most of those kids are really nice, which is great! We’ve had one fight between a couple of the girls (“So and so is stealing my friend.” “No, she’s a liar!” etc), and a few injuries at the playground, but other than that it’s been a lot of fun. I also get to be a kid, mostly by getting overly competitive at a game called stingerball (it’s basically dodgeball with less pain). It’s the age group I know the best, because they’re the same age as my Brownies, so I found it really easy to talk to them. A couple of the older ones were wary of me, but the younger ones really liked me, so that’s a good success!
I’ve only spent two days with the juniors, but I already worked out that they’re completely different. They’re all incredibly cuddly; one girl sat on my lap for ages, another one barely let go of my hand all day. The older kids would hug me sometimes, but that was it! These
younger kids were all very lovey, and it was adorable. They also brought out my inner kid a lot more, by bringing out the dolls house and My Little Pony’s. They need a lot more help doing particular things, like making some art and finding ideas for it, so I got more involved with helping them, and then getting to do stuff myself.
Basically, my job is to help run activities with the kids, in a place where their parents can go to work and leave them to be looked after. We’ve gone out a couple of times, rollerskating and ice skating, but a lot of it is just activities we can do inside. The kids made pies, which was fun, printed on tea-towels, did some free art, etc etc. The seniors practically live at the playground too. I honestly really love working with them!
Why do I do it?
Okay, I’ll admit that getting paid yesterday was very exciting… I worked 24 hours last week, and got paid accordingly, and it made my day! I’m desperate to travel, as well as go to university next year, so I need all the money I can possibly get. I still have one more term holidays and the summer holidays, as well as two terms before I have to leave, so that’s hopefully a lot more money coming my way.
When I go to university, however, I want to start training to be a teacher. I just haven’t quite decided what age group I want to work with yet… So this is perfect for me to help make some informed decisions on what I might want to do! It’s also like Brownies but with money, and it’s cool to be able to put my Brownie skills into action.
I’m going to be putting a video up on my YouTube channel over the weekend with tips on how to get a job as an inexperienced teenager, and I explain this stuff a little more. So if you’re interested, it’d be very cool if you could check that out! And if you want to know any other job related stuff, let me know, I’d love to chat!