As a parent, you might be worried that a part-time job will distract your child from their schoolwork. But a job can also have a lot of benefits for teenagers.
With a job, your child could:
- Develop their skills in teamwork and timekeeping
- Get a reference from their employer when they apply for jobs or courses in the future
- Earn extra pocket money
Part-time jobs can be a great opportunity for teenagers. It will give them an understanding of the rules of the workplace and can teach all kinds of skills, including timekeeping, reliability, responsibility, and working as part of a team. It can also help to boost their confidence.
Some young people can even build a career out of their part-time job. So, assuming your child meets the minimum working age, what can you do to support your teen in looking for a job?
Help Them Find Opportunities
Vacancies that are available to young people who are looking for part-time work are usually in areas like:
- Restaurants, cafes, or fast food outlets
- Call centers
There are also sometimes seasonal opportunities available over the summer or at Christmas when some young people will be able to find jobs helping out at parties and functions.
You can help your child to find a job by looking with them online, on local Facebook groups, or helping them to hit the local high street to find something.
It can sometimes work to go into local businesses, like shops, cafes, and hairdressers, and asking if they have any part-time work available. Make sure your child goes in prepared with a copy of their CV.
Encourage Them To Network
Parents can help their teenagers to get a part-time job through the contacts that they have. You might be able to find them some part-time work in your own workplace, or through friends and family.
Networking should start out with your teen’s curiosity about an area of work. Start by reaching out to contacts across family, friends, and work.
Sit down with your teenager to identify the people in their networks. Make a list together of all the people you know, including family, friends, and neighbors. Write down where they work and what they do. This should give you some ideas of where to start.
- Which industries or companies would your child like to learn more about?
- Who do you know, and who do they know, who is doing an interesting job?
When you have found a few people who could potentially help them, your teenager could reach out to them. They might be able to let them know about vacancies coming up, or introduce them to the person in charge of hiring.
It will be interactions, not emails, they people remember. Even in a strong market, employers often fill jobs with word-of-mouth, and this method is most popular in a tough market because it’s free and effective to talk to people that you already know.