Create your own job. We've tasked our son to raise a few thousand dollars over the summer to help cover technology fees, activity fees, laundry, etc.. He has designed, manufactured, marketed, and is selling bat houses direct and through consignment with local businesses. He's learning about fixed costs, variable costs, manufacturing yield, marketing, profit margin, and productivity/output. You don't have to work at at the local grocery store or Macy's to demonstrate that you know what the working world is like. Demonstrating entrepreneurship or a basic understanding of economics may be more advantageous than bagging groceries or folding polo shirts.