Summer bummer: Teen jobs in short supply

  • Article by: SUZANNE ZIEGLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 17, 2010 - 10:22 AM

Advice for teens who can't find summer jobs: Be persistent. But it may be time to start thinking about Plan B, such as volunteering.

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rhinozMay. 16, 10 5:51 PM

Illegal Alien Invaders of these United States couldn't be taking these needed jobs could they?

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AssassinAveMay. 17, 10 1:48 AM

While I agree that American jobs should be for Americans, it's unfortunate that these "menial" jobs at the Taco Bells of the world serve a purpose and give a job to those that want them. Are they desirable to raise a family on...heck no, but the teens that could and should be hired for these positions are nowhere to be found.

Why? Because their own parents haven't set the expectation that they should work hard for their own money. Some kids get it and it shows. Yet most don't. Know matter if your family is rich or poor, there definitely is a sense of entitlement and a general lazy attitude toward doing work. It's sad as I come off as a curmudgeon though I'm nowhere near the age, but those "illegal" immigrants (who actually have to be legal to work at places like corporate restaurants), actually work hard. I guess when you come from nothing doing a bit of work seems like no big deal. But when you're an American...well I think we see how that is. Just look at your kids.

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woodtick57May. 17, 10 4:59 AM

I use to be a landscape designer/installer. A while ago it started being impossible to get students to take our jobs. They paid pretty well but, darn it, it was hard work. That's when, and why, Spanish became the language of landscaping.

Now I live on the North Shore and the resorts up here had the same thing happen with trying to find kids to work the summer. Now the jobs are taking by East Europeans on legal work visas. (not sure how the E. Europe connection came about)

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kleindropperMay. 17, 10 6:27 AM

You were warned that it meant fewer entry-level jobs for teens in the future, and now here we are.

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katiuszaMay. 17, 10 7:32 AM

Went to visit a college with our high school junior. Financial Aid office expects students to contribute $2000 per year from a summer job. Opinions? Ideas?

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lcubcskyMay. 17, 10 8:56 AM

We require our college student to work so he can cover his books and minor living expenses such as a movie, shampoo, etc. It has worked well and he earnes what ever he can. FA officer is giving you a ball park figure that may not be as realistic in this economy, but assume they are saying- it comes from the student or the parent, and that assumption will be integrated into the aid package. My son also has a work/study job on campus and feels that it has helped him stay organized and use his time well. It reminds him of who is helping with his bills. Anything that helps reinforce a solid work ethic is a good thing and will serve them well. I am glad to say he will be done with a double major in 4 years. I also agree with the article, if work cn't be found, volunteer. It says something about willingness and character.

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bkind37May. 17, 10 9:09 AM

My son started a one day a week paper route at age 11 and has been at this for 2 years now. I am hoping that when it comes time for his first part time job at age 16, this will give him an advantage over others. It is also teaching him at an early age, how to save and budget his own money.

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warmfiddleMay. 17, 10 9:29 AM

I can't believe for Good Pay and with a 10% unemployment rate you can't find good workers. Just another reason to hire Illegal workers! You can't put down all kids....Because you can't find what you call good workers. These kids want some of the jobs Illegals do like moping floors, and remember we are talking about girls too! I Think you should think about the way you think about employees. Get real.....Kids should not work around dangerous commercial machines also, like commercial lawn mowers.

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nortcydMay. 17, 1010:31 AM

Wait for Obama care to kick in. We will no longer afford the summer part time help we get from highschool and college kids. The cost/benefit ratio to pay the 2K fine for each part-timer is a net loss. So we will hire less, increase employee demand, and save on the bottom line.

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datelessnerdMay. 17, 1010:39 AM

Who's currently doing the work that teens were doing a generation ago? Who's doing the lawn work, the fast food jobs, the farm work? They're not adults displaced from office jobs. They're illegal immigrants. It's time for the government to start enforcing labor laws, send the illegals packing, and give our own young people the entry-level jobs they need.

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