Should I let my 15 year old get a job?

Jennifer - posted on 01/05/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )




He is 15 and I have working papers for him. Do I go to interviews with him? How much freedom do i give him with todays world?


Jodi - posted on 01/06/2013




My son is 15 and has a job in our local supermarket as a cashier. He works about 15 hours a week. Just remember, only 20-30 years ago, it was not uncommon for kids to actually leave school at this age to get into a trade. He seems to have really gained confidence since he took on this job, and while he seems to be enjoying it, in some ways, it has given him a bit more perspective on the importance of school - he has suddenly realised he could end up doing something like this for the rest of his life if he doesn't keep his options open with hard work at school. So that is a real positive for us!!! It has also taught him some commitment, and has given him the freedom to make some financial choices, which has been a learning experience too.

With regard to the interviews, etc, I helped my son put his resume together, and he took it into the store himself to ask for a job. They then set up and interview, and no, I did not go with him. he went on his own, and that, I think, was part of the reason they hired him. They didn't want a "mummy's boy", they wanted a kid who was capable of thinking for themselves. i coached him before the interview, and I talk to him all the time about his job. I help him with understanding his contract and payslips. I help him fill in the paperwork. But you need to let them do some of this themselves, with guidance from you.


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Loraine - posted on 01/06/2013




Hi Jennifer, as a parent who didnt want her daughters getting jobs & wanting them to concentrate on school work & enjoying life (even though I always had an out of school job) I now work in a bar/restaurant with approx 10 15-16yr olds who do waitressing or work in wash-up. These kids are brought to & from work by there parents. I see the difference it makes in them as they grow. Helping their confidence & ability to communicate with others & teaching them the value of money. Its amazing how frugal they become when they realise how many hours they have to work to buy that new x box game they want lol. I wish I had done the same with my girls now.
We don't have parents come to the interviews with these teens, although they are usually somewhere waiting in the background.
If you do decide to let him get a part-time job just be prepared as may take some commitment on your side to with transport etc...

All the best x

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