Hi! :) Don't worry about what your friends are doing. If you spend your life comparing yourself to other people, you will ALWAYS feel left out or like you're not doing enough. I'm 24 now, and got my first job through my church/nonprofit collecting donations at the mall. I also worked as a camp counselor...
Best answer: Hi! :) Don't worry about what your friends are doing. If you spend your life comparing yourself to other people, you will ALWAYS feel left out or like you're not doing enough. I'm 24 now, and got my first job through my church/nonprofit collecting donations at the mall. I also worked as a camp counselor and in an office.
Every job I had from 16-22 was basically through a friend or family member. I graduated college, and since then I've interned, worked freelance, and worked in retail. I'm going back to school soon because, ya know what? Needing a job never ends, and until you're settled in your career, you'll always be looking for something new. If you're in a position where you don't need money, enjoy that. Nothing wrong with putting off working for a bit ;)
I assure you, you are NOT as socially awkward as you think you are. If you want to build your confidence or communications skills, I'd suggest taking an acting or speech class. It could help you soo much. Or even consider taking a creative writing class where you can read your work aloud to others. Stuff like that can really help.
Unfortunately, most jobs you can get with a high school diploma or less require you to deal with customers. It really depends on what you prefer. I prefer being a cashier to being a waitress because I just don't like restaurants lol. But neither of those jobs is great, and retail is kind of terrible. But if you just want to get some money in your pocket, it can be okay, and you can always get a seasonal job.
Working as a busser at a restaurant can be a bit hectic, but if you don't mind cleaning tables, it shouldn't require you to talk to customers too much.
I definitely recommend an acting or speech class to help with those interviews. Just remember, people will hire you because they like you and want to work with you! Yes, you need to be somewhat qualified, but being kind and smiling can go a long way. You just have to believe in yourself :) You have a lot to offer!
You're young, so I definitely recommend thinking about what you want to "be when you grow up." (spoiler alert, this is rarely set in stone, everyone goes through career changes). You describe yourself as having social anxiety (I do as well). But I know this means different things to different people.
If you like math and science, you may want to consider studying accounting or web design. Those are good jobs that would allow you to work without dealing with people too much (at least not as much as a waitress lol). Engineering may also be something to consider.
If you're more into humanities or want to help people, you may want to consider paralegal studies or social work. (Social work requires you to deal with people, but if you're just more on the introverted side, you may still feel suited to therapy or career counseling).
If you're interested in beauty, consider becoming a hair stylist, which could allow you to build your social skills by making fun conversations. If you like cooking, you might like working in a kitchen! You may be able to start small as a line cook or fry cook, or even as a banquet server.
There's a lot of options out there, and getting the right education can really help to open up your options, especially if you want a job that doesn't involve customer service. Seriously consider working on your confidence, and don't worry about comparing yourself to your peers. You're doing fine and you have a lot of options. Good luck :D
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