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.
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?
Employing Teens: Challenges but Bigger Rewards
Employing teenage workers can be great for your business, but there are many significant differences when comparing teenage help to hiring adults. Teenagers can be an emotional handful to deal with while on the job, while adults are usually more stable and keep their feelings to themselves. Teens often need more managerial oversight than adults do, simply because teens are still adjusting to a workforce that adults have already been a part of for years.