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A kid’s life is easy. No responsibilities and no worries, just carefree summer days. But as kids grow older and start to follow the latest pop culture trends life tends to get a bit more complicated. The latest fashions and gadgets are expensive toys and most parents can’t or won’t buy everything the teens want. To support their lifestyle and increase finances, many teens turn to part-time jobs.
A teen’s first job is usually a hard lesson in reality. They may see their parent’s jobs in nice offices with a comfortable atmosphere and expect to find something similar. Typical teen jobs such as in fast food, retail and warehouses are anything but relaxing. They are often stressful service jobs that require as much sweat equity as they do mental acuity. With consistent consumer wants bubbling all the time, most teens rise to the occasion and become excellent workers.
Experiencing a first job is a huge leap a teen’s personal development. The job starts to become less about the paycheck and more about learning value in doing good work they can be proud of. Skills learned on the first job can become life lessons for teens as they use their experiences in future work and education situations.
The first job of a teen can teach them more about patience, responsibility, self-worth and interpersonal relationships than they would ever learn in a classroom.