Since I turned 16, I have been considering applying for a job. Getting a job means more money and responsibility, however it takes a time commitment and work. Some jobs require harder work but less time, some jobs are easy but take long hours. When deciding whether or not to work, or what type of job I want, several aspects will be evaluated; The pay per hour, the schedule and hours of work, the location, the people to work with, and the work being done.
Available jobs range in pay from 15 dollars per hour to minimum wage. Working in a fast food restaurant, skate-shop, and youth center all offer minimum wage. Working as a busser in a restaurant would be a slightly higher pay rate from tips, but the by far highest paying option would be working for my dad as an architectural assistant. The extra pay from working for my dad would be valuable because I would be able to save money towards buying my own car.
Schedule is another important aspect of the job to consider. At a youth center, fast food chain, or skate-shop, i could work Monday through Friday after school for 2 or 3 hours. This type of schedule would be beneficial because of its routine and reliability, and because I'm typically free of other responsibilities during this time. Working in a restaurant would be later hours, which presents pros and cons in comparison to the mid day shifts of other jobs. My preference between the two would be having my nights at leisure and working in the day. The most flexible job schedule would come from working with my dad. In this job I could negotiate hours and work when convenient.
A downside of working for my dad would be location. I would need to drive all the way to San Luis Obispo to get to his office, which costs time and gas. The youth center and restaurants in Templeton are within the closest proximity, followed by fast food and skate-shops which are in Paso Robles or Atascadero. The ease of transportation to the job is a crucial aspect of...