Job opportunities slim, but about half of East students working


A monthly list of job opportunities is always updated down in the College and Career center, room 122.

Alan Lopez and Ilyla Rivera

Getting a job, for teens in Cicero may seem close to impossible, but a survey shows that nearly half of us have a job. 

In a random survey of 100 students (Sophomores, Juniors, and seniors) 40 said they had a job while 60 said they didn’t. For some teenagers, it’s a choice whether to work or not, depending on financial issues. To many, having a job is being able to earn money and show responsibility. Yet, age can be a big factor, getting in the way from being hired somewhere. The legal age to work is 16, and many students are on the search for a job, each with a different reason to obtain a position. Although every teenager has the intention to put in the hard work, not all will get accepted and will have to move on to the next job. Applying becomes stressful as there are requirements that become challenging. They may not be old enough, they might not have experience or the availability.  

“A lot of sophomore/students come into room 122 and ask for help with getting a work permit and making resumes. We have someone from the school who calls stores around and, in the mall, monthly so we have an updated list of places that are hiring for students,” College and career advisor Ms. Avila said. 

Applying for a job can be stressful — sometimes you have to “jump through hoops” to get that job.  But, jobs are out there.

“I started applying when I was 15, I had to go and get a work permit. My first job was at the Town of Cicero in the summer,” Senior Valery Sosa said. 

While some students are on the hunt for a job, others don’t stress and rely on their parent’s money.  

“I don’t need a job at the moment as my parents promised to take care of any expenses, but later on I will have to get my own job,” said Junior Alexis Ayala.  

Although some don’t need a job and will depend on their parents’ others want a job even though they don’t need one. 

“I don’t have a job, but I want one, and the older I get I feel embarrassed to ask my dad for money. My dad has never denied me money, but he has been helping me look for a job,” Senior Lizbeth Alvarado said.