Family 411: The power of a summer job
Teenagers can build both confidence and a savings account.
Tara Morgan, from our sister station WSYX, shows us the benefits for teens to work rather than play during the summer months in this Family 411 report.
Skills developed on stage will help high school sophomore, Jessica Gould, survive in the real world.
"You have to be confident when you go into the audition room and audition for a role in a musical and it's a competition and interviewing for a job is also kind of like a competition."
Jessica will take on a different role this summer as a lifeguard.
"I want to have job experience before I graduate and go to college."
Melissa Paskievitch says teens learn so much through summer jobs, responsibility being a top lesson.
"It's expected you're going to be on time, it's expected you're going to do your job. You're not going to be on your phone the whole time."
Also balancing both time and money.
"So now that you're older and you're able to contribute to that cell phone you want or save up for that car you want to buy, that's a great way to learn the value of the dollar."
Paskievitch suggests teens 'dress the part' for a successful interview.
"I think a lot of kids go to an interview in shorts and a t-shirt and expect to get the job and that's not going to happen."
Jessica researched interview techniques online and asked her parents for advice to help land a summer job.
"You have to sit up straight and present yourself in a professional manner. Don't take it as your interviewing as a teenager. I would say you're interviewing as an adult because you want to come off very mature."
She plans to save her summer dollars for a trip abroad next year with her drama troupe.
A valuable experiences that will extend beyond high school.
"Definitely as I get older, I'll have to save for a house. I'll have to save for a car, so it's important to learn those skills now while I'm just saving for smaller expenses."
When jobs are year round.
"As long as I know how to love, I know I'll stay alive."
Paskievitch says teens typically end up with summer jobs in the fast food industry or retail, but it gives them a good idea of what they like and don't like for future jobs.