Trapped over the summer… Trouble finding a job… Parents driving me insane…. Help?
I’m nineteen years old, and I’m unfortunately one of those university students who are stuck living with their parents over the summer and living in residence in the fall… My university is in a city two hours from my hometown. I’m going to be starting my second year of my Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education… My parents have always been supportive of my choice in career. Music’s the one thing that has kept the drive to keep me going in life and one of the few things I can actually do “right”.
The problem with studying away from home, is that the things that change over there affect you as soon as you go back. My dad had lost his job a few years back, had a temporary one before getting laid off, and then got another a few days after I started classes. But then, when I came home for Christmas break, I had discovered he hadn’t been going into work because he was “getting sick”. When I came home a month before that, I had discovered that they couldn’t afford the house that we had lived in for 17 years anymore, and that they’d have to move into an apartment some time later on. I was upset that my mother did not tell me this through all of the emails she had sent me…
So, of course, when I returned to my hometown in late April, I had to get used to the change of a small house with an upstairs and privacy, to a small apartment with no upstairs and little to no privacy. My father had still not been working, so income was difficult to scrounge up for my mother, who was the only one working… My plans were to start looking for a job immediately, but my grandfather’s eventual death had put those plans on standby… So job hunting started later in the month of May, and no matter how hard I’d look, no job opportunities were opening up, save for one interview, which I didn’t pass…
However, I wasn’t completely hopeless… My band director from high school called me up, asking if I could work for him, doing band inventory and other odd jobs for him in the office. I worked from June 9th, 2011 to June 30th, 2011. My paycheck for all the hours I’ve worked should be coming soon, and it should be at least $1600, which makes me very happy.
Unfortunately now, I’m back where I started. And I just don’t know where to look anymore… I’ve tried looking at places all around neighbourhood, and many of the job websites for my city, but there’s nothing that interests me or fits any of the skills I have.
I’m also having issues with my parents, and their attitudes towards me lately.
For example, just this evening, I went to complete my second hour of practicing my clarinet in the bathroom. (There’s no space in my bedroom) I had finally received some summer repertoire, and the piece is very technical, so of course I have to work on the difficult sections over and over. When I finally finish, my mother asks if I’m done, to which I reply, which causes her to sigh in relief. Offended, I ask what the problem with my playing was all of a sudden. To which she replies with a snooty tone: “Do you really have to play the same song over and over?” Now, I’m pretty sure it’s common sense that you can’t get a piece properly prepared if you don’t go over it several times. I’d go to a practice room over at a university, but the closest one is quite far away, and I’m nervous about leaving sheet music on the bus by mistake.
My dad is mostly sitting on his ass doing nothing. I don’t see why he shouldn’t get a job. Mom needs to stop feeding his alcohol habits.
They have a need to buy beer and clamato on Fridays and get hammered. I understand they want to have fun, and mom wants to relax after a long week at work, but I don’t enjoy listening to loud music and constant drunken lectures by my father every Friday. And the fact that they HAVE to watch a movie late at night with the sound BLARING is just pissing me off! It sickens me that they think just because they’re the parents they can do whatever they please…
Does anybody have any ideas about what I should do about this clusterfuck? Or do I just have to suck it up and get over it?
Wow, this sounds like a rough patch in the road for ya. In the job aspect just make as many relationships with people as you can. Being connected in any society helps significantly especially when job hunting. Also be as friendly as possible to random people that you bump into, who knows you might hit off a conversation with them and bang! They happen to be a manager at a local music shop and hire you b/c they liked your socially open character. I know it sounds a little unrealistic, but many of my friends have had this happen to them as well as myself. Especially now-a-days, when jobs are hard to come by, it seems you have to know someone to get anything. Or have you ever thought of doing volunteer work (playing music) at retirement homes during there social hour? That can lead to potential jobs, plus it can be another asset to put on your resume’.
“You will never find time for anything. If you want the time, you must make it.”
Best of luck to your music career. You sound like you got a stable head upon your shoulders. Just make sure you put it to good use! When your stuck in a rut, maybe sometime try not to think how am “I” going to get out of this, instead think of it as a chance to stay there and help other people avoid getting caught in that rut. I think a big problem with society is that we happen to think to much of ourselves, how to benefit ourselves. Every-once-in-awhile take the time to do an act of complete selflessness, even if it is as small as holding a door open for someone.
Where can I look to find a summer job?
I’m 15 and I would like a summer job to get some of that good ol’ green, but I don’t know where to start looking at all. Any help would be appreciated.
Please give ACTUAL answers instead of trying to get money from referrals to the scam websites thanks
Make babysitting flyers using the computer and put them in the library, people’s mailboxes, and grocery stores.
Drum up more business and keep a notebook to schedule when you do get a customer.
Culver’s minimum hiring age is 14 with a workers permit.
I called many stores because I am 14 looking for a job. This was the response they gave which makes me happy after looking for so long.
Find a local one go online and apply and go in store to apply or call and ask if they are hiring.
What I did was Google a bunch of business near my home and found their numbers using Google maps or their sites and I called and directly asked if they are hiring and what age do they hire at.
I want to find a summer job in the Philadelphia suburbs conserving the environment. Where can I work?
i ve looked at the websites that come up with google searches and none have really helped.
Try Parks and Recreation….. The next best thing for the environment is to clean it up.
Where can a fourteen year old find a summer job?
liek stopshop? and does Borders accept summer job teens?
It’s gonna be hard to find a decent paying job at 14. But try working at a library or bookstore. I dont think thier age range is too high
im a 20 year old kid and i need a summer job in construction how can i go about finding one??
i want to make between 12 to 15 dollars off the books and im looking for it to be in the construction field. i want to do it for the whole summer and i dont have a lot of experience. how can i go about finding a construction job and getting hired and maybe work part time when school starts.
First of all… You are not a kid.. But you can try the other answers, because i really don’t know. But good luck, anyway!!!!! Bye!
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