As a spin off to the thread about teen contributions to family holidays...* Did you work when you were in high school?
* If so, what did you do?
* Approximately how many hours week did you work?
* Do you remember what your hourly wage was (might want to note the era)?
** ETA: Bonus question: Did working in high school seem to help or hinder your educational/career prospects?
I never had the opportunity to work at Maccas, as there weren't any in my vicinity, but I have so many friends who held their first job there ("If there's time to lean, there's time to clean" was the axiom).
During the school year, I probably worked 10-15 hours/week (incl. babysitting). During the summer, unless we were taking a family vacation, I was working a standard 40 hour week.
I started babysitting at age 12 -- which is high school aged here but middle school in the U.S.
$2.00/hour for watching three young boys in the early 1980s.
My first non-babysitting job was in an import/export business. The summer when I was 15, I spent 2 months inside a warehouse, putting red bows on fluffy teddy bears from China. I think I earned $5 or 6 dollars/hour (1983).
From 1984-1985, I worked weekends in an old fashioned "variety" store (called "Dime Stores" in America), making minimum wage at the time: $3.40/hour.
Almost forgot to add that I tutored my next door neighbor's kids (recent immigrants from Hong Kong) for several years, essentially helping them with their homework each week. I think I earned $5/hour for that in the mid 80s, and I also did a lot of random yard work, pet sitting, etc.
This post has been edited by baddmammajamma: 27/12/2012, 04:57 PM