For Teens: Find Self-Worth Through a Summer Job
What advice did your parents give you when you started your first job? My parents sat me down and told me to always: Be on time. Work hard- don’t ever appear as if I have nothing to do. Ask always what else I can do. And I did as I was told. I got my first job when I was thirteen and in the next few years I’d worked my way up to having a store key and making the schedule. But, after a while I realized there was one thing that my parents did not tell me about – how to negotiate a raise. Is your teen old enough to start working? The resident teen will be fifteen soon and she is looking for jobs outside of babysitting for family and friends. Knowing what I know now, before our teen starts her first ‘real’ j-o-b, I’m going to sit her down and tell her the same things my parents told me. But, I’m going to also tell her something else. I used to think that getting a job as a teen was just about learning responsibility and how to save and spend wisely money one had worked so hard for. Now I also hope that a job will teach our teen to know her self-worth. Perhaps knowing early what value she can bring to a company will allow her to see how useful her skills, gifts and talents are. I am hoping there will be a strong connection between playing up her skills and such and a boost to her self –worth, her confidence as well as her pockets - all at the same time. Wouldn’t that be nice…a parents dream! I figure, after she knows her self-worth down pat, teaching her how to get promotions and raises will be a breeze.
What first time job advice are you passing on to your teens?