One way to avoid the hassle of finding a job in time for the summer break is to already have one months in advance. Paul Canfield, 16, a junior at Wilson Central High School has been working at the family-owned and operated Lakeside IGA supermarket since September 2006 as a stock clerk, shortly after his aunt and uncle had bought the store.
"It was kind of nice the way it worked out because right after they bought the store they needed some extra help and were able to give me a call. And nine months later, here I am still helping out stock shelves," Paul said with a grin.
Stock clerks at Lakeside IGA and at many other supermarkets start out at minimum wage. Typically, stock clerks are responsible for bringing in the shopping carts, moving inventory in the warehouse, sorting recycled glass bottles, cleaning the entire store, and yes you guessed it, stocking every kind of good the store sells. The average shift for a stock clerk at Lakeside IGA is six hours long and is either from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or 3 p.m. until closing at 9 p.m.
>NeXt: How many hours do you usually work a week?
Paul: I really don't have a choice with how many hours or when I work. I usually work something like 30 hours a week, working from 3 p.m. till close here.
>NeXt: Do you spend or save your weekly paycheck?
Paul: Well, right now I am saving everything I make so that I have some cash handy for college, so I guess you could say I'm saving it all for later.
>NeXt: What kind of car do you drive?
Paul: Right now I'm driving the "farm bomb." It's an old Ford F150 we use around the farm that I also use as my own."
>NeXt: What is your favorite part about the job?
Paul: I like being able to see all of the new merchandise before people can even buy it.
>NeXt: What is your least favorite part of the job?
Paul: I don't like how many bosses I have. Right now I have like four bosses who keep a close eye on everything around the store."
>NeXt: Have you learned anything that will help you in the future?
Paul: Working at the store, I've quickly picked up on how to deal with many different kinds of people and problems. And that's something that I will probably use for the rest of my life.
Brian Michel will be a freshman at St. Bonaventure.