Starbucks: you can’t go to a Target, a shopping mall, or drive more than a couple of miles without finding one. And considering how common they are, you might think it would be easy for a teen to land a Starbucks job.
But is working at Starbucks a good fit for a teenager? To find out, let’s take a look at some of the requirements and expectations that come with Starbucks part-time jobs.
Minimum Age Requirements
Before we move any further, the first question asked should probably be how old do I need to be to work at Starbucks?
The truth is it varies.
Generally, you must be at least 16 years of age to work at the coffee house. But requirements can vary with locale. Places like Montana, for example, let teens as young as 14 go to work for Starbucks.
You’ll need to either look up the requirements for your area or ask a helpful barista at the store you were considering applying to.
What to Expect From a Starbucks Job
So presuming you meet the age requirements, is Starbucks a good choice of an employer? Well, here’s what you can expect from working at Starbucks.
If you’ve ever been to a Starbucks, you may have noticed that it’s a fast-paced environment. There isn’t much of a lul at any point in the day for Starbucks, so you don’t have to worry about getting bored and watching the clock on the job.
And as with any service job, it helps to be a people person. Many customers have one or two stores that they tend to frequent, so workers are encouraged to cultivate positive relationships with these regulars. So if you’re an outgoing person who easily strikes up rapports with new people, you’ll fit right in.
Speaking of fitting in, the company cultivates a team-focused working culture. And with the fast-paced nature of the work, you’ll need to be able to rely on your co-workers and vice-versa. Being a team player is essential.
And as you are working for the world’s largest coffee chain, having a personal love and understanding of coffee is always a plus. Granted, you’re not expected to know every intimate facet of brewing their most complex concoctions on your first day. But an eagerness to learn and master the craft will go a long way in your favor.
If that description appeals to you, then Starbucks may be the right fit for you.
A Job With Perks
Working for Starbucks can be a great first job for a teen. In fact, a Starbucks job can even come with an impressive slate of benefits. One of the most impressive is Starbucks’ program to pay tuition for all employees seeking a four-year degree.
Employees also have access to free company stock, which could potentially be more valuable than a Christmas bonus. So as first-jobs go, you could certainly do worse.