According to our survey (see
side bar), the Top 3 places where teens would like to work
- in a retail store in sales, stocking inventory, and/or
customer service. Teens like to work indoors (with air-conditioning)
during the hot summer months. Commissions and store discounts
help to attract them as well.
- in a casual-dining restaurant as a host person, wait
person, or bus person. Here tips, food discounts, and a
positive social atmosphere are seen as the benefits.
- in an office environment where a teen can use their computer
and Internet skills in an administrative, clerical, data-entry,
telemarketing or customer service type position.
We believe that teens skew towards the positions noted above
because they perceive that these are the most readily available
and the most likely to hire teens.
The majority want to earn a paycheck and say the money is
a necessity rather than a luxury. They need the money for
clothing, school supplies, transportation and savings for
college. Others want work experience to help them prepare
for the future.
Work-based learning through internships, co-ops and apprenticeships
can make education relevant and interesting.
Teens crave work-based learning experiences, preferably paid,
but school credit is acceptable too.
Teens want jobs that they can do year-round, as well as,
during the summer months and year-end holiday season.