Prepare your teen for the job market!

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Registered: 10-16-1999
Prepare your teen for the job market!
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Fri, 09-09-2011 - 10:02pm

I should preface this by saying that at the moment I am incredibly unhappy with older teen/young 20-something employees that I supervise.

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Registered: 11-25-2007
Fri, 09-09-2011 - 10:14pm
omg great post and I am planning on printing it out and possting it somewhere so they can ALL see it and with a bit of luck take some notice of at least some of this. GREAT LIST, But sosorry that you are obviously dealing with ALL this - ugh

mom_uk2socal - Mom to DS22, DS19, DD16

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Fri, 09-09-2011 - 10:45pm

Maybe you could print this out & hand it to the new employees.

My former DSD had a job in a donut shop and she got fired for not showing up at 7:00 am w/ no excuse--really was she surprised that wasn't a good idea?

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Registered: 10-16-1999
Fri, 09-09-2011 - 10:56pm
musiclover12 wrote:
And you'll love this one since you work in a nursing home.
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Registered: 12-03-1999
Fri, 09-09-2011 - 11:46pm

Oh Rose, it would be funny if it wasn't so incredibly, pathertically, true.

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Sat, 09-10-2011 - 10:09am

This is unbelievable to me--I really wonder how these kids were raised.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-16-1999
Sat, 09-10-2011 - 1:16pm

How were these kids raised?

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Sat, 09-10-2011 - 8:27pm

There have been several articles recently in the NYT, WSJ and the Boston Globe about top-college grads having to scoop ice cream because the economy makes it hard for them to find career-type jobs. But all along, I've been wondering if maybe the sense of entitlement that so many kids have is part of the problem. Kids who think certain jobs are beneath them. Kids who think that because they paid $200K for their degree, they should automatically get a job paying $80K a year. And kids who think that if the job they are fortunate to have is boring, they can just not show up unless they feel like it.

This actually gives me some hope for my own kids, who know that they have to show up on time and do the job, even if it completely sucks. So maybe when it comes time for a career job, they'll actually have a shot.

Oh, and if I were you, I would fire the little hineys of the kids you supervise, unless you think they are willing and able to reform. There are plenty of other grateful, competent people who need work.

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Sat, 09-10-2011 - 9:17pm

I was thinking of this when my just turned 16 yr old went to apply for his first job at Old Navy--he applied on line the minute he turned 16 (Fri.) and was surprised when they didn't call him back by Monday, so this Fri. he went into the store to ask about the applicaton and had a short interview w/ the hiring manager who told him to come back today & meet the store manager for the 2nd interview.

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Registered: 12-16-2003
Sat, 09-10-2011 - 11:15pm

I just don't get this not working thing, and then as you have all pointed out, the entitlement thing! My 17 year old started working at a barn to pay for her riding lessons at age 14, she is still there. It is tough work!! She also works as a personal assitant to our neighbor, a retired professor. She reads over things, files, cleans the house, washes the dog, landscapes, cleans the gutters, anything!!! He has also been a good source of information for her homework, he taught math, but has a passion for history too.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Sun, 09-11-2011 - 2:54pm

Most of the kids I know who are taking all honors and AP classes don't work during the school year because they just don't have time. I do think they will initially be at a disadvantage in the job market. Actually this already happens for summer jobs, because those are naturally given to the kids who've been working all along.

However, it's a trade-off. The kids who do the honors/AP track, play sports may be a little behind in the job market initially, but they're more likely to get into

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