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Sophomore Hadley Halstead hanging out with Molly, Maddie, Mya and Julia at Explorer Zone. Halstead has worked at Explorer Zone for the last two years.

As students approach the age where they want to make some money, finding the right job can be challenging. In Hudson, although there are several jobs to choose from, it all depends on which one expresses certain people’s interests. Whether it’s working at a fast food restaurant, a store, walking dogs or babysitting, anyone can find a job that would specifically stick out to them. Hearing people’s experiences in any workplace can be beneficial before applying. Here are a few examples from students who work in Hudson, or anywhere locally, all in different and unique places. 

Hadley Halstead is a sophomore at Hudson High School. She works at HCER Kids Explorer Zone after school. She has been working there for two years. Explorer Zone is a before and after school childcare program, offered to families as an extra opportunity for their kids to spend time before and/or after school in a playful environment at East Woods if families aren’t available to take care of them during those times. 

“I chose this job because it has great hours and you get to work right after school. I have fun hanging out with the kids and have gotten to know them really well,” Halstead reveals. “It’s nice that it’s right after school because I get to come home and still have time to hang out and do my homework which is less stressful.”

Halstead indicated that she had many memorable moments since she’s worked here. “One of my favorite memories when working was when the kids had me run a wedding ceremony on the playground.”

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This after school job is great to consider if you are a social person. Halstead says, “My favorite part about this job is that I love hanging out with the kids and I like spending time with my other coworkers who I’ve gotten really close to since I started this job.” 

Ella Braley is a sophomore at Hudson High School. She’s been babysitting for three boys for two years now. Babysitting is a great job to start if you want to easily make money. You don’t have to apply to anything, and it’s great if you know families or anyone who is looking for available sitters. You can choose your own hours that fit your schedule. 

“I currently babysit for a family with three boys named Carter, Gavin, and Brady. They are really fun and crazy so it’s never boring with them.” 

Many babysitters decide if they want to charge a specific amount for families. Ella states, “I don’t charge a certain amount, but I usually get $15 an hour for three kids.” 

Braley enjoys babysitting because sometimes she doesn’t feel like she’s watching them. “They feel like my own siblings sometimes,” she says. “My favorite babysitting memory would have to be when the boys put on a full concert for me and they were singing their favorite Disney songs which was really funny.” 

Babysitting is a great opportunity for teens to learn life skills that would benefit them in the future, like things that they would need to know about while caring for little kids. It’s also another great job to become more social and familiar with certain families that would recommend you to others if needed. 

These jobs are just a couple of the many jobs provided locally or in Hudson for students that are looking to work. They will teach you skills that you would carry with you for the rest of your life, such as sales, caring for a baby or toddler, and having a flexible schedule. Applying for a job can be scary and overwhelming, but finding the right one that stands out to you will impact what you will want to do for the rest of your life.

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Catherine Naples, Reporter
Catherine Naples is a sophomore at Hudson High School. This is her first year writing for The Explorer. In her free time she likes to spend time with friends, listen to music and go shopping. Catherine participates in activities outside of school, such as playing for the Hudson field hockey and track team. She also belongs to the Outdoor Society club at HHS. Catherine is excited about writing for The Explorer this year and all of the different kinds of topics she will write about this semester.
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