I haven't read all of the thread, but....I think it's a good idea, and I'll encourage my son to get a job after school when he's old enough.
I got my first job at a supermarket when I was 14 and 9 months. I worked 2 afternoons a week and all day Saturday. It was good, it allowed me to be more financially independent, taught me responsibility, and helped me become a lot more mature.
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12-08-2012 10:07 #61
12-08-2012 10:09 #62
The other thing is, I am a *much* better saver than my friends and even DP who didn't work throughout high school (she played Volleyball for Australia and had a few coaching jobs here and there though, and made a few ads for Volleyball Aus). I paid for all of my own things as a student and through working I saved the 10k I needed for my round the world trip for example, but even just in life generally, if I left the bills and rent to be paid by DP she's be totally lost as she just cannot budget as well as I can, and I completely think that is because when I was earning maybe $100 a week, that needed to pay for my phone credit, my clothes, my social life - and I learnt that spending $10 a day at the school canteen wasn't going to aid that.
I also played loads of sport throughout high school even though I worked as well. My time management skills were much better than my friends who didn't work, because instead of having heaps of free time, I had to fit my homework in between school, sport and work as well as finding some down time for myself.
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12-08-2012 10:37 #63
Regarding the theory that teenagers who work, learn to budget and save...
Why is consumer debt in gen y so high - with no foreseeable future decline?
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12-08-2012 10:46 #64
I'm also grateful to have been taught about principal and interest in highschool and swore I'd never have a credit card or "bad debt" (so other than a mortgage on a house really... I don't think I'd even ever want a car loan)
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12-08-2012 10:49 #65
I don't have any consumer debt either. Yayyy...my DH is really, really bad with money though, despite working fro 14+9months...he is all about instant gratification...
12-08-2012 10:51 #66
My niece works at rivers. She just payed for her own school trip to Mt Buller (from tassie)
12-08-2012 11:32 #67Senior Member
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I think I am gen y, working didn't really give me money skills, for me it was a social experience that gave me work skills, but I used to burn through my money like there was no tomorrow.
12-08-2012 12:02 #68
12-08-2012 12:25 #69
Previous generations didn't have access to interest free purchasing and credit cards - it seems even my dog could get a credit card, it wasn't so easy years ago!
It's not just gen y its everyone of this generation - many adults I know want instant things without having to save for anything!
12-08-2012 12:35 #70Member
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A friend of mine wasn't allowed to work during high school as her parents wanted her to get a good education. As a result once she left high school she could not find a job, no one wanted to hire her by that stage as she was 19 and had zero job experience and there were 15 year olds with the same level of experience who they could hire for a cheaper rate.
My DD will be encouraged to work casually while in high school, I think it teaches responsibility and will give her the experience to gain a job in the future.
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