What Kind Of (Part-Time) First Job Am I Best Suited For?

I recently turned sixteen, and I live in New York where the minimum wage pay is 7.25 currently. I've been up on the computer for days getting headaches from reading experiences about people who work in retail (Wal-Mart seems to get the most complaints) and it's not only discouraging, but confusing. For one thing, I have no clue how a turnover period works, and that's important because I'm going to be a Junior this coming year and hope to be working for at least 3-4 years, if I don't move up in the 'ranks', say in a Grocery Store for example. I don't have horrible people skills, but I would say I am very sensitive, and meek in the face of conflict, I would like a job where if I HAD to be or do a shift of register work, (which I really would like to try to NOT have to do), the load wouldn't be too heavy or pressuring. I also want minimum wage for my pay. I am almost positive it is law here in New York that minimum wage MUST be payed, if an employee is payed any less, they can act legally, or so I hear. I don't need to make too much, but if anyone knows of a position that would earn me maybe ten dollars an hour (which is a lot for a minor working part-time, I know) then that would be great. I've divided the basic jobs available to minors into three categories; Retail, Customer Service, and Various Blue-Collar jobs. I would like a job in a place such as Target, but as I mentioned earlier, I do not want to do register, at least not that much. Then there's places like Grocery Stores, where depending on the chain, you can earn your way to a better salary and such in little time, although I wonder if you can do that on a part time schedule. The Service jobs are like Movie Theaters, and the like. I hear the hours are TERRIBLE, and even though I don't exactly have what you'd call a BOOMING social life, I don't want TOO MUCH time consumed. Then there is blue collar jobs, which is something like unloading deliveries, or stock, or pushing carts, which are all probably included with retail too, but there might be some places that hire people exclusively for that. Another important thing is activity. I know most people try to get register jobs, but I honestly would do three other positions within my shifts if it meant avoiding having to do register, and still getting paid the same. I am a hard worker, and I WANT to work, even overtime if there's at least SOME pay for it. And register is still a consideration of mine, it'd just have to be in a place that doesn't get too swamped, except maybe in December, when that can be expected. Another thing is I don't exactly want to be hanging out with the co-workers, assuming they are even my age. I want to be doing my job, and earning money, that's really all I want out of this experience other than to gain a knowledge of the working world and feel of independence. Part of the frustration and confusion I mentioned earlier, I believe, comes from being a teenager in our modern times who has never been employed and knows little about the more business functions of a job in general. Even READING about how people's first jobs were like gave me a dose of real-world shock. But I've got to get over it somehow, and I want a job that challenges me, but without overwhelming me. Some places I've listed to visit and apply to tomorrow are Target, a local grocery store called Gunta's Meat Market (which I'm unsure is a reliable place as the store has been a King Kullen before, and a Boar's Head Market before that), and Domino's. So if you've worked in any of these places, or kinds of places, please lay out the lifestyle below. Also keep in mind I will be in school and flexible or at least manageable hours are a must. So now that I gave my self-description, using it what jobs would you say I should apply for, keeping in mind the necessary terms I gave above? Also, if it helps to a more specific degree, I live in Nassau County in Long Island, if that helps give you a more specific idea of WHERE the places I could apply to such as local businesses could be. Any and all advice is GREATLY appreciated.

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Answered By: Strega - 8/19/2011
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I'm goin to he honest, I didn't read some of that but I'm 15 and it sucks because all job hbw to be 16: ihop, any fast food place, sears, walmart, Khols,almost all stores in the mall, grocery stores, babysitting... Stuff like that. But with the economy, must jobs that normally go o us are going to late teens, early... More
Answered By: Tiffany Greekin - 8/19/2011
I started working at 17 at a logistics company which is like a warehouse. In about 5 months i went from minimum wage to $15.50 a hour loading trucks on night shift. See if you can find a warehouse close to where you live. Also for a side job you can try for a little side money.
Answered By: Nathan Adams - 8/19/2011
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