Area teenagers might find it more difficult to land summer jobs these days as they compete with adult workers who lack specific skills needed for higher paying positions.
The situation outlined in a story on Page 1A of today’s Commercial-News shows jobs for teens can mean more than just pocket money for the summer. They can help young people build experience, create connections and develop skills needed in the adult job market.
The competition for available jobs also highlights the necessity of earning a high school diploma or its equivalent and moving on to more education — either in college or in vocational fields — if today’s teenagers want to be able to be considered for tomorrow’s good jobs.
Hiring teenagers also helps teach them responsibility — with so many available workers, no employer is going to put up with someone who is chronically absent, habitually late or who fails to learn the most fundamental skills.
The experience teenagers gain on the job can help them build networks among co-workers and employers, help them better understand the need for education after high school and, for some, provides a way for them to avoid mischief they might engage in if they had no job to occupy their time.
Technology continues to advance, making jobs performed by people even just a few years ago obsolete. That trend will only accelerate as time passes. The days when a willingness to work hard was enough to land — and keep — a good-paying job are over. Desire no longer is enough. Skills are the ticket to today’s jobs.
Parents who want to help their children succeed should hold them to high standards in regard to their children’s school work. Brain power, not muscles, propels today’s job market.