Does your teen have unrealistic expectations?
The thinking is commendable but the sense of what to expect can be unrealistic. We'll be the first to raise our hands in support of the fight for more money and work-life balance. But when it comes to many first jobs... it's common for them to only pay minimum wage, offer part-time hours, and sporadic schedules.
Here are some strategies and resources you can check out that might help.
Strategies and resources
Give them a reality check about minimum wage.
- Look up what the minimum wage is in your area
- Look up apartment costs in your area
- Work out how many hours they would have to work each week to afford an apartment
- Go on the Indeed website and look at entry-level jobs. Note what they are looking for in terms of experience and/or degrees.
Discuss the importance of gaining experience and working their way up.
Tell them about your first few jobs. What did you hate about them? What did you learn from them?