Too young to work? This 13-year-old wants a job

WANTS TO WORK: Toowoomba's Declan Traise might be 13, but he already wants to enter the workforce.
WANTS TO WORK: Toowoomba's Declan Traise might be 13, but he already wants to enter the workforce. Tom Gillespie

MOST 13-year-old boys are more interested in playing sports and hanging with friends than entering the workforce.

But Declan Traise is not your typical teenager.

The Toowoomba boy is looking for casual part-time work to earn some money, with his mother Carmen helping him draft up a resume and search for positions.

Children aged 13 are allowed to work under Australian law if parental consent is provided.

When asked why he thought someone should hire him, the answer was simple.

"I'm a hard worker and I'm well-mannered," he said.

"I just wanted to earn my own money, because we're not the richest family - we don't get much pocket money so I thought I'd make my own."

Ms Traise said her son came to her early this year, saying he wanted to get a casual job to buy himself toys and visit family in Victoria.

"I'm not going to discourage him from seeking work," she said.

"Mum refuses to give him stuff and I said if he wants stuff, he has to earn it.

"We also have family in Melbourne and he wants to be able to fly down and visit."

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But Ms Traise warned Declan that any employment was not to interfere with his schoolwork.

"He's got goals and he's got this idea and I'm supportive as long as he keeps his studies up," she said.

"He's just a hard-working kid - he has been from a young age, and he actually had an interview (this week) with a fast food chain.

"We're overly protective (as a society) of young people in regards of working.

"I'm going to be here, and I will make sure employees know that they can't work him too hard."

On his resume, Declan listed under 'Skills' that he has "natural curiosity" and was "excellent with younger children".

If you're interested in hiring Declan, call his family on 4687 6030.

Toowoomba boy Declan Traise's resume, supplied by the family.
Toowoomba boy Declan Traise's resume, supplied by the family. Contributed

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