Getting a part-time job is often a rite of passage.
If your parents don’t shower you with money, that part-time job is your ticket to some financial independence.
My first part-time job was when I turned 16. I worked at a pizza shop until I was let go after I took an approved one week vacation. Then I moved to the classic teenage job, McDonald’s. After being scheduled one too many double shifts, I changed jobs to work at my friend’s grandmother’s dry cleaning business (until my friend tried to steal jewelry that a customer left in the pocket, and I decided I didn’t want to work with her anymore). From there, I moved to the cafeteria at Montgomery Wards.
On and on it went.
By the time I went to college, I had easily worked 10 to 15 different low end jobs.
Many people encourage teens to take jobs to learn responsibility.
However, I was already a responsible teen and working all of these crummy jobs didn’t teach me much. (There is not much to learn about following McDonald’s rote directions for every task in the restaurant.)
Maybe instead of encouraging our teens to get low end part-time jobs, we should be encouraging them to spend their time differently.