Can I get a job if I’m 13 years old?

Finding your first job can be incredibly exciting and frustrating all at the same time. There are so many benefits to having a source of income such as being able to buy your own clothes, go out with your friends to movies, be able to buy gifts for our loved ones, or maybe just to save money for a big purchase such as a car or for university. There are also some negative aspects of starting a new job, such as not having as much time to spend with friends or the added stress and pressure of trying to fit school and work into an already busy schedule.

There are also so many new skills to learn, such as resume building and interviewing skills. Finding you first job can also be a really frustrating experience, especially when everyone that is hiring seems to want people with experience. How can you get experience if no one wants to hire you?

There are a number of options out there for young people that are thinking about finding employment. The city of Calgary’s Youth Employment Centre can help answer so many questions and they exist to help young people prepare for and find employment. You can find their website here: They have lots of workshops and ideas for young people and can answer just about any of your job related questions.

Trying to find your way as you branch out into the working world can be difficult. If you need someone to listen to you and you’re not sure where to turn you can contact ConnecTeen 24/7 by calling 403.264.8336. We also offer texting and online chat from 5pm until 10pm 7 days per week with additional hours between noon and 5pm on Saturday and Sundays. Text us at 587.333.2824 or start a chat with us at