By John Wichterman ’23
Getting a job as a student is not uncommon, but there are unlimited jobs to choose from. It can be easier to work somewhere more conventional with set rules, but how many students are willing to dive into more uncharted territory on the job spectrum?
Miguel Aguirre ’23 got the idea to resell clothes in eighth grade. He used a site called Depop, an online marketplace platform similar to eBay where people can sell and buy clothing items.
“I originally got it for buying clothes that I wanted and then I realized that I could sell my own clothes,” Aguirre said.
He also explained that in order to source his clothes for reselling, he will go to thrift stores, browse eBay, and will sometimes even buy clothes from Depop itself.
“It’s a really good community. It’s like a niche community. There’s not too many people in it, but it’s starting to expand,” Aguirre said.
Aguirre said that he spends an average of six to seven hours a week altogether on his
business, but as long as he keeps the work balanced, it works really well with his schedule.
“There’s a lot that goes into it, probably every night I get my packages ready. I’ll pick a day out of the week where I can take pictures of the items and then I’ll save them as drafts and I’ll post them throughout the week in order to stay consistent,” Aguirre said.
He mentioned that his least favorite part of his job is filing taxes, and although it is complicated for him, he explains that it’s all worth it and there are still far more upsides to this business.
“I’m my own boss, I can set my own hours. So if I don’t feel like working that day or just feel really tired, I don’t have to,” Aguirre said.
Through taking what he has learned so far on Depop, Aguirre has his eyes set on creating his own brand, which he aims to continue through college.
He also mentioned that selling clothes on Depop has set him up for the possibility of pursuing a more long-term career in the fashion industry.
Henry Bush ’23, on the other side of the spectrum, works on a farm every summer, which is managed by his dad.
“I always try to look at it optimistically since it helps keep me active during the summer, but at the same time, it’s still hard work and I don’t have as much free time as I would want to in the summer,” Bush said.
Bush explained that he mainly works in the market area moving, selling and carrying items out to customers’ cars.
“I would say that this job is a lot different than others considering not many other people have worked on a farm before, but the drive is pretty brutal as well. If I were to have worked at a regular store, the nearest location would be around five minutes from my house, but there is no getting around driving over 30 minutes when you work on a farm,” Bush stated.
Matthew Maledon ’23 works at Sauce, a more traditional bussing job, which has 13 different locations in Arizona, nine of those being in the greater Phoenix area.
“This is my first job, which I felt like gave me a pretty good introduction to what it’s like to work in general. I chose Sauce because there is a location pretty close to me and I knew that the work wouldn’t be too hard or labor demanding,” Maledon said.
Maledon also adds that Sauce was one of the only options he had that actually worked for the hours available to him since he still needs time for school and homework.
Michael Fischer ’22 works at Starbucks, which is one of the most well-known coffee stores in America, boasting over 6,387 licensed stores in just the United States alone.
“There are definitely more guidelines and training when working at a bigger corporation since rules can’t be adjusted as well as they could if there was just a single location, per se. When things are busy, everyone really has to work as a team to be efficient, and I think that experience will be beneficial for me in opportunities later in my life,” Fischer said.