Money Talk With Slater

Making Money Across the Board

Reasons for Your Teen to Work (Part III)

Teen jobs help teens establish independence.

Working during school years encourages balance

Although it’s true that holding down a job can disturb school work, this strain is also a crucial lesson. Teens who work while still going to school learn about the hardships of an adult life full of responsibilities and have a chance to explore how they will balance all of the commitments as an adult.

Part-time job searching is a good exercise for future job searches

When an adult has trouble finding a job, it’s a huge deal, but teens who work to find employment don’t have so much at stake. Doing a job search as a teen is a good time to teach kids skills like filling out an application, putting together a resume, learning how to dress professionally, and learning how to give a good interview.

Learning these skills at a young age can help teens to be ready when it’s time to do a career-launching job search. This also includes learning not to procrastinate when either looking for a job or returning a phone call for an internship or job interview.

Part-time jobs may spark lifelong careers

One would hope that a teen’s part-time job as a dishwasher doesn’t turn out to be a career move. But work little odd jobs as a teen can prove to be a career booster. Teens who work in a restaurant in high school may be encouraged to start their own restaurant or bakery after college or become a chef. Others might be turned on to a field they might not have considered before. For example, a summer job at the local airport might spark an interest in aviation.

Teen jobs develop confidence

As teens work at a part-time job, they learn just how able they are, developing self-reliance and confidence. This can aid teens in being more independent and creating a sense of responsibility as a young adult.


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