Career Ideas

What did the boy in the book do that helped him to find the treasure? (He helped--he found a solution for those who had problems.) How might you find treasure in trouble?

Problems and needs are opportunities to help and can lead to income. See opportunity in every obstacle. Can you solve problems or serve people? Then you can earn money—even pay for your living expenses and those of others. What if you see a need, fill it, but don’t get paid? Are you sure you weren’t paid? How do you feel helping someone? Pretty good, huh? (Some people pay with things or via service.) Even without pay, you gain a reputation as a worker, a problem solver—plus you get experience to make you more valuable to future customers (you may also get ideas for products/services that could earn money in the future). Some ideas below may not be suitable for where you live or for someone your age; be sure to have an adult go over your plans before you begin a project (also see local and country business laws). The only guarantee of success is what you guarantee yourself through your imagination, effort, and persistence.


Work for a friend, family member, or company—or provide
a specific service to many people/clients as a contractor
(some work requires a license and/or permits).

As you get older and wiser, your opportunities to earn money increase. There is ALWAYS work to be found or something that needs fixing/improving. Perhaps the only job you see is not the kind of work you prefer; consider taking it for the experience and to network (meet new people and learn of other opportunities).

Paper route, walk/groom pets, run errands, child care, wash & detail cars, clean houses, move furniture, chop wood, repair bikes. Some things—like mowing lawns/landscaping, raking leaves, or shoveling snow—are seasonal and can replace other seasonal activities.

TIP: If a company you want to work for isn’t hiring, consider volunteering your time. This way, you will gain experience and the company will see what a good worker you can be.

What You Get When You Give
What if you don’t get the position you want? Try volunteering in such a position. The organization will learn whether you have what’s required, and you will gain valuable hands-on experience. What if they hire you to do menial labor? Do it cheerfully if there’s an opportunity higher up to work toward. Even in a paid role, you should not be aloof of anyone in the organization--regardless of role/pay differences. Work hard (but don't sacrifice your family life). Show an interest in the bottom line (growing company revenue) regardless of your connection to sales. Never stop learning—about your job, your organization, and the industry in general. Travel. Other knowledge and experience makes you more valuable. Be creative and flexible. Be positive. Be honest. Be kind. Such traits are seldom overlooked, and organizations generally value and reward them with greater responsibility.

To get/keep a good job and move to positions of greater responsibility and compensation, get all the education you can, and try as many things as you can to discover what interests you and what you may be good at. Remember, any ability still requires much practice for excellence. Having a clear idea of what you want to do doesn’t mean you are qualified to do it. Get as much general work experience as you can (offering service for free not only gives you experience and a good reputation, it will also help your social skills; working well with other people is a valuable ability). Dress according to organization norms (it's better to be overdressed than dressed down--anywhere). With education and some experience, you can eventually do what you love/apply for work in an organization that does what you love.

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity - Albert Einstein


“What a great little book. The story was cute, the pictures were fantastic, and the message is a great opening for lessons on saving, entrepreneurship, and earning money honestly.” - Teenreader. Get the book.