Teenagers are having a very difficult time finding jobs this summer. Unfortunately for them, many adults have been forced to take some of the jobs that would in normal years have gone to teens. But with the unemployment rate remaining at about 10%, this is anything but a “normal” year.
For adults, they can at least go online and try to find ways to make money from home via their computer. But for teenagers, this is not really much of a possibility. Most things online require you to be 18 years or older and this immediately rules out teenagers. There are some paid online surveys sites that do allow people under 18 to join but there aren’t many of them and you can’t make too much that way anyway.
This leaves teens who need jobs and money few options. There is of course the babysitting route as well as trying to find neighbors that need the lawn mowed. But these jobs are real jobs and will bring in a limited amount of money.
Teenagers need to find real jobs because it helps them prepare for the future. In a job where you have a boss and punch a clock, teens are introduced for the first time to having responsibility. That is where they learn that there are consequences for being late and they find out that the world outside of school is a bit more serious. They often are working side by side with people who are not in school but are there full time as their job that pays their bills.
Learning responsibility at an early age is something that is enviable and should be taught. The workplace is an ideal place for teens to learn what the future might look like and to motivate them to study harder so that they can get a better job than the summer job they have now. However, with so many teens not being able to find work this summer, they are not learning the valuable life lessons they need to. Lets hope the economy recovers soon so that everyone who wants a job can find one.