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Why your teen should work this summer Summer jobs for teens are an endangered species worth saving. These seasonal jobs offer more than a paycheck. Summer employment can: Improve academic performance, especially among lower-income teens. Teach important employment skills, including teamwork and problemsolving. Give teens real-world experience demonstrating a work ethic and satisfying bosses who expect them to earn every dollar. “We don’t naturally know how to be good employees,” says Kathy Kristof, editor of SideHusl, a review site for part-time employment. “We learn, just like we learn the alphabet, with practice.” A recent survey indicates many college graduates may be hitting the job market unprepared to meet employer expectations.
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While 89.4 percent of recent grads rated themselves as proficient in their work ethic and professionalism, only 42.5 percent of surveyed employers shared that view, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ Job Outlook 2018. “You have 22-year-olds who might have a stellar academic record but they’ve never held a job,” says Andrew Challenger, vice president of executive outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. “They’ve missed out on some important life skills.” Summer jobs used to be where many teens learned those skills. The summer
labor participation rate for teenagers peaked at nearly 72 percent in July 1978 and remained over 60 percent through the 1990s, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Now the teen labor participation rate is closer to 40 percent. Economists point to several reasons for the drop in summer employment: FEW ER J OB S. Retail was once a reliable source of jobs for inexperienced workers, but many chains are shuttering brick-andmortar stores or going out of business altogether as more shopping moves online. M O R E C OM P E T I T I ON. Older workers may be shouldering aside the young. For example, the percentage of food-preparation jobs held by teenagers has been declining, while the percentage held by those 20 to 34 and 55 or over is growing. Immigration appears to be affecting teen employ-
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ment, as well. Federal Reserve economist Christopher L. Smith found that an increased population of lower-skilled immigrants had a bigger negative impact on youth employment than on adult employment. COLLE GE C ONCER NS . Summer jobs can help high school and college students perform better in the classroom, according to recent research by Jacob Leos-Urbel, associate direc-
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tor of Stanford University’s John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities. But parents are often convinced that summer school, volunteer work or internships will be more impressive on college applications than paid work. Selective schools might value an internship in a potential career field over a job at a burger joint, says Lynn O’Shaughnessy, author of “The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone
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Recruiting more disabled workers By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer
NEW YORK — On any weekday morning, Miles Thornback is working on marketing campaigns for real estate agents or dealing with tricky tech issues at the office. Thornback, who has cerebral palsy, got hired three years ago at the RE/MAX Prestige real estate agency in Costa Mesa, California, after the owners heard that he’d spent six years applying for jobs at hundreds of companies and finding nothing but negative mindsets. Many small business owners are open to hiring or specifically recruit people who have disabilities, sometimes because they want to expand the opportunities for people with talent and skills but who can’t find jobs. The unemployment rate for people with disabilities who want to be hired is 8 percent, more than twice the national average. “I think a lot of people assume that if you’re disabled,
I n t his M ay 18, phot o, M il es Thor nbac k , rig ht , w ho has c er ebral pal sy, w ork s on mar k et i ng c ampai g ns for ag ent s w ork s w it h ow ner Jay O'B r i en at R E/ M A X P r est i g e r eal est at e of fi c e i n C ost a M esa, C al i f. T hor nbac k g ot hi r ed t hr ee y ear s ag o at t he r eal est at e ag enc y aft er t he ow ners hear d t hat he’d spent si x y ear s appl y i ng for j obs at hundr eds of c ompani es and findi ng not hing but neg at i ve mindset s. you can’t work,” says Thornback, 36, who uses a wheelchair. While some jobs he applied for would have required him to do errands, which he could-
cards and letters that advertise properties for sale. Jay O’Brien, an owner at the RE/MAX office, learned about Thornback through Goodwill Industries, which works with the Regional Center of Orange County, an organization that provides training and services for people with developmental disabilities. O’Brien has been impressed with Thornback’s technical abilities, as he’s been able to resolve issues that confounded everyone else. O’Brien and his business partner, Sammer Mudawar, wanted to see Thornback flourish in his work. “We didn’t want it to be seen as a charity move,” O’Brien says, such as, “’You can park your wheelchair here for two hours a day and we’ll pay you and we can feel better about ourselves.’” The kind of disability a person has can vary, and can be
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Where summer jobs can really help is in the job market after graduation. The jobs most teens work help them build “soft skills” that employers value and that lead to higher-paying careers, Challenger says. Dealing with customers and co-workers helps them improve communication and problem-solving skills, for example, as well as staying calm under pressure. Dealing with a boss teaches the ability to accept and learn from criticism. Being responsible, meeting challenges and demonstrating good work habits can build self-confidence. “You go to work, you work hard all day, you ask what you can do better, you go back and do it again, until it’s so ingrained in your psyche that you can’t imagine acting lackluster or disinterested,” Kristof says. This summer’s job market is expected to be a good one, Challenger says, but teens are most likely to find positions in businesses that experience seasonal surges: movie theaters, amusement parks, hotels, construction and landscaping. “Where there are labor shortages, there will be opportunities,” Challenger says.
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cognitive or physical. So employees may be capable of different types of work. They do face similar difficulties in the workplace that others don’t. Alyssa and Shawn Cox, who volunteer at a camp for children with Down syndrome, created a store greeter position at one of their three Clothes Mentor locations in North Carolina with the intention of hiring someone with the genetic chromosomal disorder. They hired Julia Cirone in December. The 20-yearold who works three days a
week began by welcoming customers and “aced that immediately,” Alyssa Cox says. Cirone has since started assisting shoppers, helping them pick out clothes. Sales haves increased since she began working at the store, the busiest of the three locations. While the Coxes would like to hire Cirone full time, she wants to do volunteer work the other two days. There are plenty of people who want to be hired, an “untapped” talent pool, according to Joyce Bender, owner of Bender Consulting Services, a company that recruits workers with
disabilities. For businesses that are interested, Bender suggests resources including organizations that help people with disabilities, and state and local agencies including unemployment offices. Many universities have offices that provide services to students with disabilities, including job placement. Colleges, Bender noted, are a good resource for owners who want staffers with science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills. Business owners do need to abide by federal and state laws if employees with disabilities need help balanc-
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Orange, New Jersey. “The employer has the right to let them go.” Curtis Boyd had recruited a man with neurological problems to work at Future Solutions Media, a Los Angeles-based company that helps businesses handle negative online reviews. But the staffer was unable to sit in front of a computer for hours at a time, and had to leave the job. Though it didn’t work out in that case, Boyd said he would hire a job candidate with a disability again. When Steven Hollins hired a 16-year-old young man two years ago for his
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