It is very exciting to a teenager when they get their first job, but it can also make them a nervous wreck! It is a major accomplishment, and they will be able to experience a little of what the real world is about.
While wanting this to be a good experience for them, helping them to prepare for their first job is important, and there are ways to encourage them and tips to offer that will help them feel better as they venture out into the work world.
There are many traits that parents have instilled in their children from the time they were toddlers, such as being polite, respecting others and using good manners. These values will go a long way when dealing with others, whether it is a boss, co-workers or customers. Reminding teens of these values and stressing the importance of putting these traits into practice is one positive way to prepare your teen for their first job.
Making sure their appearance is in order is another way to prepare your teen for their first job. If they have to wear a uniform, have them iron out any wrinkles and make sure it is neat, or whatever the dress code may be, letting them know that the way a person presents himself is often an important trait that is considered when employers form that first impression.
Probably the most important way in preparing your teen for their first job is to stress the importance of being on time. Being a few minutes early will show enthusiasm, and will not go unnoticed. However, getting into the practice of pushing the time to the limit will often result in being late, and could result in dismissal. This would be a horrific experience for a teenager if they were not aware of how important it is to always be on time.
Stressing the importance of doing the best job that one can possibly do is another quality that should be addressed in preparing your teen for their first job. Whether it is sweeping the floor, flipping burgers, or doing yard work, whatever the job requires, it is especially important to carry out these duties to the best of their ability. This shows that a person cares about his or her job, and an employer will recognize this and come to count on them as a dependable employee.
Taking a job seriously means dedication. When preparing your teen for their first job, they should know that a it takes precedence over everything else. There will be times when social functions may come up that they will have to miss because of having to work. In addition, socializing with friends will become a luxury.
However, a teen should not be discouraged because of the things he or she may have to give up, but instead made to see how responsible they are becoming. Getting a paycheck can also be encouraging to a teen. There will be time for socializing, and usually employers are sympathetic to the lives of a teenager when it comes to proms and graduation events.
Preparing your teen for their first job is a big step in helping to build their confidence, and to make this experience a pleasant one. Even though they are no longer children, teens still need encouragement. Praising them for a job well done and letting them know how proud you are of them, and that you are always there for them and will support them in every way will make their first job a positive experience.