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Summer job for a 15 year old

My son just turned 15 and is looking for an internship or a job for the week of 14 of august in Lausanne area.
He is dreaming to become a chef in a restaurant, but he is generally good with his hands and can do small assembly or woodwork or whatever that requires fine motor skills ;-)

He had an internship in a restaurant already, but that was part of school obligatory week of work and he had no problem finding one.

As he is now looking for a job during holidays, everyone is telling him that he is too young!

He also had one week of work in electronics company in Italy, but they were my friends and didn't ask for documents from school.

Does anyone have experience with this? Any advice or propositions would be appreciated.

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Re: Summer job for a 15 year old

He actually might indeed be too young, depending on the job. Most jobs are not allowed before the age of 16. This includes, for example, waitressing in a restaurant. Really everything that includes "attending to guests" is not allowed at 15.

Given his interest in hospitality, I would probably try to find a job as a busboy or dishwasher or similar in a restaurant. Not the most glamorous, but at least he gets to experience it plus will earn some cash. Many restaurants look for help in summer, I'm sure. That should be fine, though iirc, he's only allowed to spend 50% of his summer vacation working, and not more than 40 hours a week, and his working hours must be between 6am and 6pm.

Or maybe ask around near farms or on markets whether they can need some help? How about fruit-picking? That seems to be very popular here and elsewhere in the world, even for people much older than your son.

Just trying to think back what I used to do, my main job during the summer vacation was cleaning (in a local hospital), but I think I started that after 16
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Thing is- youngsters round here start looking for Summer jobs at Easter, as they are in such short supply. It is like looking for pet sitters at the last minute for Summer hols - almost impossible, especially if you haven't got a very wide network of friends, family and colleagues.
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Re: Summer job for a 15 year old

When I was that age they used to hire youngsters like me to clean schools and other buildings in and around the city. It's not really the kind of job you are looking for, but that's definitely one that can be done at 15, pays and is 100 % legal.
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When I was that age they used to hire youngsters like me to clean schools and other buildings in and around the city. It's not really the kind of job you are looking for, but that's definitely one that can be done at 15, pays and is 100 % legal.
Well here, that work is done by professional people and at 15 you are unlikely to qualify !

Maybe on a farm ?
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Has he considered getting a paper round?
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almost impossible, this is monopolised by the Portuguese and is a "word of mouth" between them to land such a job which is highly prized.


As Odile states, any teen who was serious about working over summer would have applied around Eastertime, any business needing someone for the summer period (restaurants) would have filled these around the same time. Not to say they are not there, but he will have to visit many I fear before finding one.


My friend's daughter worked in the restaurant at the piscine de Pully for a couple of summers, maybe have a look there?
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Has he considered getting a paper round?

Never heard of this concept in Switzeland, any case, whilst papers are still read, many people either read on the net or they grab a free 20 Minutes on the way to wherever in the morning.

Here we have stand distributors for papers that people are supposedly meant to pay for their paper before taking it....
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The "paper rounds" that exist here are delivering the free edition of GHI on Wednesdays, Migros % COOP weekly paper on Thursdays, and the free edition of La Côte, and the Lidl and Aldi mags on another day...that's yer lot.
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My son just turned 15 and is looking for an internship or a job for the week of 14 of august in Lausanne area.
He is dreaming to become a chef in a restaurant, but he is generally good with his hands and can do small assembly or woodwork or whatever that requires fine motor skills ;-)

He had an internship in a restaurant already, but that was part of school obligatory week of work and he had no problem finding one.

As he is now looking for a job during holidays, everyone is telling him that he is too young!

He also had one week of work in electronics company in Italy, but they were my friends and didn't ask for documents from school.

Does anyone have experience with this? Any advice or propositions would be appreciated.

Thanks
I admire your son's approach to life!

My daughter also enjoyed working (for pretty good money) during the longer vacations, but at 15 was mostly only able to find (great and enjoyable) positions i.e. mostly stuffing and stamping envelopes within the offices of friends.

From 16 it became easy for her to get work as e.g. "Aushilfe" over Christmas in Globus etc.

And during her gap-year before Uni at the Steueramt a couple of times - she funded her own travels.

She still enjoys working next to her studies, has built a good reputation for herself, continues to get a great income as a student, and is offered jobs in her area (Business Information Systems) before even having finished her degree.

It was such a good, character building thing that didn't put any pressure on her.

Good luck to your son in finding something!

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Re: Summer job for a 15 year old

Maybe he needs to create his own job, do you have any elderly people near where you are who are alone and may need help with some jobs around the house?
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Re: Summer job for a 15 year old

Thanks to all for your input!

The last thing he tried was at a local mechanic and car wash, to help wash cars.
Apparently, they hired youngsters before and it ended up in a scandal that under 16 work there.
So it was a very rough no as the manager doesn't want to get in trouble.

As this is my son't third internship/job, I wanted him to find something on his own, without asking my friends to hire him.
He went to few restaurants in the past 3 months, the same answer - no paper from school, no job.
And school doesn't give attestation if it's during holidays...
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Re: Summer job for a 15 year old

He also found a job in a restaurant in France. Last minute it was cancelled, as he is not french and their insurance doesn't cover a youngster from another country...
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He also found a job in a restaurant in France. Last minute it was cancelled, as he is not french and their insurance doesn't cover a youngster from another country...
Ah OK.
That's a shame.

Does he have the same nationality as on your profile - I'm not in your area, but would be happy to keep a look-out if it's legally legit!
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Re: Summer job for a 15 year old

He is Swiss, born here. We are in Pully/Lausanne area.

Thanks for all the help. I will insist that he keeps looking. It's only for the last week of vacation
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My son just turned 15 and is looking for an internship or a job for the week of 14 of august in Lausanne area.
He is dreaming to become a chef in a restaurant, but he is generally good with his hands and can do small assembly or woodwork or whatever that requires fine motor skills ;-)

Does anyone have experience with this? Any advice or propositions would be appreciated.

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OP, am sure that you are aware that this type of one week work has nothing to do with an "Internship" here in Switzerland.

He is looking for an Aushilfe job for a week (I'm assuming he's still in school).
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OP, am sure that you are aware that this type of one week work has nothing to do with an "Internship" here in Switzerland.

He is looking for an Aushilfe job for a week (I'm assuming he's still in school).
It's called "stage" in French. Perhaps I'm not being clear in English. Sorry
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I had one as a teenager But it was in the mid/late 90s and for print advertising, which has obviously lost in importance by now.

It was a quite common little job to have back then and depending on the length and difficulty of the route, paid quite well. Some 16, 17 CHF/hour (iirc), twice or three times a week, my route took about 2 hours each time. Was a good amount of money for a teenager to have every week.

But it's not something you do just for the summer, it's a more permanent commitment.


OP, a friend of mine once worked in a egg-packing factory over the summer Yes true story. I think she was 16 at the time, so again the age may be an issue. But maybe that is an option, if not eggs then whatever else in a factory or warehouse or something.

Or I keep coming back to the fruit-picking/farm work...

I also once worked in a bookstore, simple office work plus unpacking delivery and sorting books, anything inventory related etc.

And now I realize how all the things I did around 20 years ago may not really exist anymore I feel old
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Re: Summer job for a 15 year old

Which languages does he speak? Could he look after children in the holidays while their parents work and teach them (by playing, reading etc) a language? My 12 year old son has started this and he enjoys it. I imagine there's a lot more demand for it in the summer holidays.

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He is Swiss, born here. We are in Pully/Lausanne area.

Thanks for all the help. I will insist that he keeps looking. It's only for the last week of vacation
Because of your very narrow and specific time as well as the restrictions brought on by his age, he needs to figure out a way to either get on a specific project that happens in that week (such as a company wanting to sort out its warehouse) or create his own work. I think it is going to be limiting for you to try and tick all your boxes. From experience, it takes at least half a day to train someone to work somewhere even for the most simple tasks (meaning someone else will not be able to do their usual work) and I would not really consider this worthwhile for such a short time unless it was for something that takes exactly a week and where it has been the tradition to get outside help. As others have pointed out, these kinds of jobs are very coveted and will typically have been snapped up by kids who thought about this earlier on or already did it last year.

This leaves the option I suggested, becoming his own boss for a week. You say he is good with handy work, does he have access to tools etc.? How is he with gardening? If he has solid skills and common sense, I would create a flyer stating that he is available to do the following work (list his skills) during the week of X and how much he charges per hour. State why he wants to get busy and generally market him as a nice, honest young man who wants to work to earn some money by helping people. Depending on how brave he is, he could ask his friends if they know of anyone who may need such help.
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