Non Paying Jobs for Kids™


Kids are currently doing many daily non paying jobs; if we consider daily activities as jobs. These daily activites are excellent preparation for future paying jobs.


Identify job experiences from daily life activities. Begin to understand jobs from current experiences kids have access to in their daily lives - activities they are currently doing - student at school, brushing teeth, and responsibilities for their rooms and at home.


A lot can be learned from daily experiences if we consider these activities as jobs. Once we think of doing many jobs in our daily lives; we will learn how to take responsibility, make commitments to do things, take direction from other people and learn to do things right.


We commonly think of jobs as paid positions that adults perform out of home, but there are other ways we should look at jobs.


The definition of a job is a piece of work to be done – something one has to do – a responsibility – an activity - paid or non-paid activity.

Consider jobs as something we all do at all ages.  When someone asks us to do something or when we do something on our own, we are doing a job. Consider going to school a job, playing a sport as job and things you are asked by your parents as small jobs.


Jobs are important in society. Jobs are the way we organize people to get things done. Jobs allow us to ensure we have people in place to do things. It is important to create jobs in the business world to create wealth for individuals and to improve society.


If we treat activities we commonly do as jobs, we will think about how they should be done well and that the outcome of the job (completion) should be reviewed to learn from our experiences.


Examples of a job you do: (non paying activities you perform)




On school days you take on the job of being a student.


Your responsibilities include; showing up for class, listening, learning, participating, working with others and doing your class work and homework.


You are accessed on your job performance by marks and feedback from teachers and parents.


Job Title: Student


Reporting to: Teacher


Job Summary:


To learn the material presented to you in class, participate in class, learn skills and content, learn to work with others and learn from others.


Duties and responsibilities:

 Arrive on time for class

 Be prepared for class with books, supplies and lesson preparation required

 Listen in class

 Participate in class

 Apply yourself to the best of your abilities to learn the material presented to you


Skills Required;

 listening, reading, writing, thinking, communicating, taking direction, asking questions, organization, time management, setting priorities, safety, responsibility, compassion, honesty and many more