Josh, I’m 17, a senior in high school. I’m taking three AP classes (Bio, Literature and Comparative Government) as well as Choir and Yearbook, which I am the business manager of. I’m not taking a ton of classes, but the ones I am taking require a lot of effort! On top of that, I’m working at a mini golf place- close by, really fun, pretty easy and I have awesome coworkers and bosses. I’m working like 25-35 hours a week at this job. People think I’m crazy for taking on this much as is…
They say “crazy”, but a future employer will say motivated! Seriously – nice work ethic! I might use you as an example the next time some crusty old fart from the “good old days” generation starts to complain about how “lazy these damn kids today are!”
Then I had an internship over the summer with a nutritionist (the major I am looking to go into!) that turned into a job opportunity. She hired me as her Social Media Networking Consultant. This job would be 10-15 hours a week, and a ton of work- setting up her websites, blogs, databases….the list goes on and on. So between the golf place, this job, and school, I’ll be “working” (since school is considered a “job”) 70-80 hours a week. I’ve been considering quitting the Social Networking job for the time being, because I’m getting so overwhelmed… The Networking job is inconsistent pay- I would really only be in it to have it on my resume.
Stop right there. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, then something has to give. Remember – even though you seem to have to maturity level of someone much older, you’re still only 17. Building a resume is important, as is gaining work experience and, of course, school – but so is having a social life and working some fun in there too. If all of that work and school is fun to you – great. You’ve got it licked. But the minute you start to get (understandably) overwhelmed, it’s time to make some changes.
Is it worth it to go crazy over this job, or is it okay to say that it’s simply too much for a 17 year old to handle? Family members keep telling me to quit my mini-golf job, but I love it and it’s consistent pay ad I unfortunately am dependent on that money. What do I do?!-Meghan
To answer your question – no, it is not worth it to go crazy over this job, or any other job for that matter. You’ll have plenty of time to hate your career when you’re older (I kid!). Since quitting school is not an option, one of the 2 jobs either has to go, or hours have to get cut back.
My advice would be to first go to your nutritionist and see if you can still help her out, but spend less time doing so. If you can come to that compromise with her – great. Problem solved (if that makes you feel less overwhelmed).
If not – quit that job. I know you like the idea of using it on a resume, but in reality, you’ll have plenty of time to build a resume down the road. College will present you with all kinds of internship and/or employment opportunities in your field (and you already have one internship under your belt – so you’re way ahead of the curve!). No one expects a 17 year old to have a lot of resume building work under her belt. They expect you to work at, well…a mini golf course!
Plus – and I don’t want to take anything away from what you do at this job – although you’re working for a nutritionist, this job would be a great resume builder for someone looking to go into social media or digital marketing. You could just as well be doing the same job for a kitchen supply company. Sure, you’ll learn about nutrition by handling her web stuff, but it’s not like you’d be giving up a nutritionist’s assistant gig.
What do you all think? Should Meghan can the social media job and leave a little room for her fun job, or do you have another solution?