How to Determine Which Summer Job is Right For Your Teen?

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Most of us can remember our first summer jobs.  The lazy strolls into work, the daydreams about being at the pool or on the beach while we reluctantly served customers or pushed brooms… the experiences we had during our first summer jobs were probably ones that we’ll be able to recall forever.  Thinking back on our first summer jobs may even bring up tales of sorrow, anxiety and misery, simply because we hated our first seasonal gig.  Others may look back on their summertime work from their teenage years and wish that it had never ended.

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Job Scam, Watch Out!

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Teens that are looking for work in the 21st century have got their work cut out for them. Not only is the entire world recovering from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, but jobs that are available to teenagers seem fewer and farther between. This is in part because so many adults that used to work forty hours a week have settled for part-time positions that used to be held primarily by teenage workers, making job searches more competitive for teenagers.

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Parental Tips for Parents With Gifted Kids

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Raising a gifted child or children can present parents with a unique set of challenges that may leave them feeling overwhelmed or hopeless.  We all want the best for our children, and recognizing that gifted children have special needs early on will help parents be more effective and empathetic to what their gifted youngsters are going through.

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Generation Z and Millennials: A Parental Guide to Understanding Your Teen

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Today’s teenagers and young adults have more to deal with than their older counterparts may realize.  While baby boomers and members of Generation X had fewer luxuries and conveniences growing up than current generations, both Millenials and Generation Z face a unique set of circumstances that are defining the types of teenagers and young adults that they are today.  It’s important for us to understand our teens and what they’re going through so that we can offer our very best encouragement and support for them during their most formative years.

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What Are Tax Implications for Working Teens?

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If you’re a working teenager, then odds are the government is going to want their share of your earnings.  While this doesn’t always seem fair, it’s certainly a part of having a job in the 21st century.  Your federal government is the last group of people that you want on your case, especially when they start demanding their portion of your earnings, so it’s crucial that you fully understand the tax implications that come with making money in your country today.

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Handling Conflicts with a Teenage Worker

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There are many advantages to employing teenage workers, which is why so many companies and businesses choose to do so.  Teenagers are energetic, fast learners, affordable, and rarely show signs of employee burn-out due to their fresh entry into the workforce.  On the other hand, there are issues that tend to arise in the workplace that are only common when employing teenage workers.  How you as an employer handle these situations can determine whether you retain good teenage help for years to come, or whether you have to permanently install a “For Hire” sign at the front door.

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How to Help Students Plan For a Long-Term Career?

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As parents, guiding our teenagers and students towards a part-time job can be a pretty easy task.  Usually it’s just a matter of calling up a friend that owns a local deli or shop, or even bringing home a couple of applications from local restaurants.  But helping our kids plan for a long-term career can be a rather intimidating task; after all, it’s only their lives that we’re talking about here.  So how exactly can parents make sure that they’re guiding their kids in the right direction?

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Resources for Online Education, Courses and Programs (Free)

Complete list of resources and centers for online education, courses and programs; mostly free.

All education is self-education.  Period.  It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting in a college classroom or a coffee shop.  We don’t learn anything we don’t want to learn.

Those people who take the time and initiative to pursue knowledge on their own are the only ones who earn a real education in this world.

Take a look at any widely acclaimed scholar, entrepreneur or historical figure you can think of.  Formal education or not, you’ll find that he or she is a product of continuous self-education.

If you’re interested in learning something new, this article is for you.  Broken down by subject and/or category, here are several top-notch self-education resources I have bookmarked online over the past few years.

Note that some of the sources overlap between various subjects of education.  Therefore, each has been placed under a specific subject based on the majority focus of the source’s content.

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A Smart Way to Skip College in Pursuit of a Job; Raise of NanoDegree

A Smart Way to Skip College in Pursuit of a Job; Raise of NanoDegree

AT&T and Udacity, the online education company founded by the Stanford professor and former Google engineering whiz Sebastian Thrun, announced something meant to be very small: the “NanoDegree.”

At first blush, it doesn’t appear like much. For $200 a month, it is intended to teach anyone with a mastery of high school math the kind of basic programming skills needed to qualify for an entry-level position at AT&T as a data analyst, iOS applications designer or the like.

Yet this most basic of efforts may offer more than simply adding an online twist to vocational training. It may finally offer a reasonable shot at harnessing the web to provide effective schooling to the many young Americans for whom college has become a distant, unaffordable dream.

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What Should You Expect In A Part Time Employment Contract?

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Shall I Sign A Contract? What Should You Expect in A Part Time Employment Contract?

When you’re being offered a full or part time job, you may be asked to sign a contract. This is the moment of truth. You’re considering whether you’re ready to take on the job and whether you want to be obligated to the employer in any kind of way. You have made it through the application process, but do you actually want the job you’ve been applying for? Taking a hard look at what you’re going to be doing and what is in the contract may help you to make your decision.

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