Youth Employment

Youth Employment

Workplace laws are in place to protect teens because they lack experience and this can lead to accidents.  In addition, employers lack experience employing youth and may inadvertently ask you to do things that could be illegal for your age.  

Through the YouthRules! initiative the U.S. Department of Labor and its partners promote positive and safe work experiences that help prepare young workers in the 21st-century workforce by providing teens, parents, employers, and educators information (YouthRules!).

Before starting your new job, learn what your employer can and cannot require of you. As a young worker, you are limited in the types of jobs and the number of hours that you can work. The rules vary by age, and the requirements may be different if you work in agriculture (YouthRules!).
  See what jobs youth can hold at different ages.  

In addition, the Young Worker Toolkit has detailed information and videos to help you navigate employment.

Finding a job
Google's search engine has a nice tool for finding jobs.  If you type in "jobs near me", expand the results where it says 100+ more jobs you will open a webpage where you can filter results by date, part-time/full-time, industry, employer, and more.  You can even set up job alerts based on the criteria that you indicate. The most common jobs teens tend to hold are fast food, retail, and agriculture.  These industries will typically require you to apply electronically on their website or have you fill out a paper application.

Evaluate future jobs
A few links are below to get you started.  

Explore Careers with NextSteps Idaho

Interest & Values Quizzes through NextSteps Idaho

Link to More exploration resources here in the Career Center!