Where could I get a good, meaningful job as a sixteen year old recent high school graduate?

I am graduating from high school after only three years on May 23rd, 2007, and I have been searching for employment for months. My peers work at random minimum wage places (fast food and what not) and I refuse to work as such. Not because I find myself "above" it-- this will not be a seasonal job. I will be working for over six months full time, saving for college. The problem is no one will hire a sixteen year old! They will not even consider me because of my birth date and I find it unfair. I am going to be a high school graduate. Shouldn't that prove I'm a little more mature than what my age is given credit for? I understand I cannot change the rules but I do want to find a job a little more appealing than fast food. I live a few miles south of the Phoenix metropolitan area in Arizona. Does anyone have any insight to help me out? If I could find a nice restaurant that would hire a sixteen year old I'd apply. I want to major in history/global studies. Thanks!

Asked By: independentd0rk - 5/5/2007
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Concentrate on researching financial aid and go straight to college. No one in their right mind will hire a 16 year old, high school graduate or not, for a "responsible" job.
Answered By: SexyTrojan - 5/5/2007
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you should apply at blockbuster (they like 16 year olds)
Answered By: stomy15 - 5/5/2007
a lot of retail stores will hire 16 year olds. chances are you'll only get a part-time position with a pay of local minimum wage but if you get some experiience there and prove your reliability you may be up for a pay raise sooner than you'd think or even for a promotion. Plus getting that experieince could help you... More
Answered By: Rita M - 5/5/2007
I would consider an internship. Even if it is unpaid you would gain experience that will help you make more money in the future. Or try a paid internship, some internships pay a little bit. If you're majoring in history/global studies try getting one at a museum or with local city government or with your congressperson... More
Answered By: opheliaissaved - 5/5/2007
As per law, anyone under eighteen years of age is considered a minor. Employers of minors are subject to restrictions on the number of hours and time of the day when they can work, so it difficult to find suitable jobs for minors. A better option is to work on your computer/internet from home. You could write articles... More
Answered By: Smita R - 5/9/2007
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