Youth Joblessness - No end in sight

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Youth Joblessness - No end in sight
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Tue, 07-10-2012 - 4:37pm

There is a new report out about the joblessness in today's 16-24 year olds in particular. 

http://news.yahoo.com/youth-joblessness-no-end-sight-says-report-140106237--abc-news-savings-and-investment.html

Is your high school faced with this problem in your area, whether they are or aren't what do you and your child talk about or discuss when it comes to jobs, future degree and work prospects, etc.?  I have read some reports that we are becoming much more of a service oriented economy, and kids need to be more creative when coming up with job and money making opportunities.  What are some that you've seen others come up with that really has seemed like a good idea?

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Community Leader
Registered: 12-16-2003
Sat, 09-08-2012 - 10:35pm

I am not saying that grades, taking AP classes and such are not important.  They are!  But, having just great grades in todays college market is not enough.  Kids still need to learn to show up, live up to their expectations, and manage money that they earned, not given by mommy.  When do allowences stop?  Yes, my dd played 2 sports, was in 6 clubs including being president of one, taught Sunday school, and WORKED two jobs.  One at a stable for riding lessons, very flexable, but there were days that she was needed and had to be responsible, show up, shovel a ton of s*** and learn from that.  She also worked for the older couple across the street, usually 5-6 hours a week, but in the summers over 20 a week.  SHe also financed her own trip to Costa Rica with that money and got a new laptop for school.  Time and money management are life skills that are needed, and you have to learn that in order to get money you need make time to earn it.  Oh, and she is now away at a private college on a great scholarship.  Also, I am not sure where your dd is looking at schools, but here are some of the most expensive schools in the US, though I am not sure where you are, but no one is near 80k.   http://www.collegeview.com/admit/?p=2217

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

Community Leader
Registered: 12-16-2003
Sun, 09-09-2012 - 11:19am
Then she does work, it does not have to be typical teenage jobs. It is the value of working for money, time management that has the value, not the amount on the paycheck. That is great that she scored a scholarship. My kid does as well, but that does not stop me from telling her to get a job. She needs that ownership of her own money, not stuff given to her. Again scoring the scholarship was earned, and she knows it, but there still is a value in earning the money that you might spend on pizza or save for something bigger.

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