Tips for Parents of Young Workers

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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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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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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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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