Summer jobs can give teens valuable life experience that help them transition to adulthood — not just a paycheck, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Benefits of summer jobs include:
- Career exploration: Summer jobs and internships help high school students explore different careers that might interest them. They also provide opportunities to network and find future mentors.
- Financial independence: Teens learn financial skills such as budgeting and money management.
- Time management: Teens learn to manage their time, set deadlines and be accountable.
- Communication skills: Teens learn how to interact with their supervisors, customers and colleagues.
- Work ethic: Teens learn values such as teamwork, respect and responsibility.
- Self-confidence: Working in the real-world boosts self-esteem and self-confidence.
When looking for a summer job, suggest that your teen consider these factors:
- Is it a good fit? Look for jobs that align with your interests and skills.
- Is it flexible? Summer jobs should be flexible to accommodate a teen’s schedule.
- Is there time for family fun? Teens will need to take family vacation plans into account.
Teens should consider their priorities and achieve a balance between work and other commitments.
For more about the benefits of a summer job, visit Kids Health.
SOURCE: American Academy of Pediatrics, news release, July 27, 2023
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