Yes it can be hard, We were lucky that dd was able to transfer from her job here to a job there at her closet store.
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11-08-2012 21:06 #42Senior Member
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Prior to children I worked in recruitment I had two focus' in my role single parents and youth. You would not believe how many youngies came in thinking cause they had a business management cert that they would get a job as a supervisor or manager ... They did not want to come in at the base level ... Why??? They were 18-20 years old had no work exp and mummy and daddy had told them you study hard, get good grades you will get a great job ... They seemed to forget you start at the bottom, get experience and work your way up to a great job.
I would rather prepare my children for life not just academia. I never received pocket money, I was still expected to help around the house. I worked from 14 (2 shifts per week - maybe 6 or 7 hrs p wk) ... By the time I finished VCe I had bought my car, paid for all my drivibg lessons and paid for a holiday.
After VCe I was at UNi I then worked 15 hrs p wk - I now had to pay for car and phone.
I'm curious the parents who will support their children does that mean you will provide $$ for cars clothes, fuel, outings with friends, etc ... And until what age ??? If your child does yr 12 UNi , post grad you could be fully supporting them well into their 20s ... Would you be happy with that? Would they be happy to ask mum and dad for $$ for everything. They do?
11-08-2012 21:18 #43Senior Member
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2 of my girls work and it's never affected their school work. It gives them confidence, responsibility and experience for when they leave school
11-08-2012 21:27 #44I'm lovin' it
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I worked during high school and my marks were fine. When I quit so I could focus on the hsc I probably should've stayed working. Brilliant discipline and without it I got lazy.
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11-08-2012 21:42 #45
I support DD having a casual job (1-2 shifts a week) while at school, provided it didn't interfere with her school work. I'd probably encourage her to get one. I think it teaches a lot of valuable skills.
I worked from when I was 14 years, 9 months at a supermarket, about 8 hours a week. I saved $50 a week to put towards going to uni and then the rest (anywhere from $20 - $50 depending on whether I did full Saturday shift) was for me to spend however I wanted.
11-08-2012 21:57 #46
I think it's a brilliant idea to work casually while in school. I started working at McDonalds when I was 14 and through my HSC then at Coles while at uni. I always had a job since 14 until I started my maternity leave. Didn't interfere with my study and I think it's a great way to learn responsibility as you transition into adulthood.
I respect others may feel differently but for me encouraging our DD to have a casual job will teach her valuable lessons about balancing responsibilities eg work and study etc. Study is important but so is general work experience even if just in fast food.
11-08-2012 22:06 #47
11-08-2012 22:09 #48
For me it depends on the teen and the job.
I'd be looking at things like their current commitments, the employers attitude about school being more important than their business for this employee.
My employer in high school (fashion retail) was always begging me to skip school to fill in on shifts. When I later employed high school students I asked for a copy of their school year (holidays, exams) and to meet their parents before hiring them, we discussed their availability, their commitments and their limitations with the parents to ensure it was realistic and suitable (after discussing it one on one), I got a bit of 'don't hold their hands' from upper management, but these teens went through the process like a 25 or 45 year old would've, it was just the final closing piece that I felt contributed to their employee/employer relationship. I treated them as adults, this was often the only time their parents had anything to do with their employment.
I don't think it's necessary thing for a teen to do and I won't push for it. Our kids will be exposed to work ethic through service to others and helping out with family members businesses. I have many more priorities for my kids.
11-08-2012 23:10 #49
yeah good idea I worked casually at a supermarket from 15! mum stopped giving me pocket money at that age so if I wanted money to hang with friends, buy new clothes I had to earn it. I also paid for my schoolies out of my tax return that year and paid about half of my first car!
11-08-2012 23:13 #50
ad I only used to work Thursday nights and Saturday's so I didn't think it affected my grades at all!
I'm glad I did as when I started Uni I had to move away and fend for myself so without having previously worked part tome and learnt to save I would have even screwed !
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