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waitressEarning money at a job is a first step towards being on your own. Whether it’s an odd job for neighbors or part-time employment, you can use that money to reach your goals. If you’re looking for a job that gives you a real paycheck, think about this.

Right now, you may be focused on just getting a job – one you like, that fits your school schedule, and that pays well. Good for now, but remember, too, that this job might help you down a career path. Before you take just “any” job, think about what you may want to do in the future. What kind of job will help you get there?

Expand your thinking so that the jobs you take now help you build skills you’ll need later. First jobs will help you learn 1) what you like and dislike in a job and 2) the education and training you’ll need in that kind of career.

Another thing about first jobs:  they make you learn more. Do you know how to Decode your paycheck? Do you have a bank account? Learn how banks work in the Saving section.