First of all, it’s a recession. A lot of parents just are making the kind of money they used to make to support the growing needs and wants of young people. When you commit yourself to having certain things and being able to go certain places, having the means to do them is a better negotiator for parents. It is one thing to ask your parents to go to a skating party that costs $16, it’s an entirely different thing to ask your parents to go to a skating party that you can afford to go to.
Although, I optimistically believe that we are coming out of this recession with the help of great governmental programs and policies, young women should consider getting a job for several reasons:
1) Area of Pride. Working your way through life is a very proud moment. Rather than begging your parents for money that they could otherwise be spending on household essentials, you can manage your own money to get the items you see fit. Being able to give your younger siblings small amounts of cash helps build responsibility and character.
2) Experience. One of the best ways to get valuable experience in the field you hope to be an expertise in one day is to learn from the professionals. If you plan to open up a beauty salon-try being a shampoo girl at a local salon or spa. If you enjoy politics, get a short term job passing out campaign literature during campaign season.
3) Work Ethic. Above all things, having a great work ethic will help you go far in life. Hard work and diligence are sought after characteristics of colleges, potential mates, and future jobs. Getting up every morning and working hard for something you believe in is admirable.
4) Independence. Most young people consider getting a job for the material gain. There’s that and there is also the joy of having a paycheck with your name on it. Not only are you contributing to society by paying taxes, but you are also contributing to your future by establishing yourself as a worker. Nothing beats the joy of being able to save your own money to buy something nice for your family and friends.
My very first job was as a dietary aide at a nursing home. I worked with my best friend right after school and the pay was better than most fast food restaurants at the time. I was a sophomore in high school with hard working parents of humble beginnings. If I ever wanted to get the material things that I enjoyed, including drugstore makeup and department store clothes, I had to pay for it myself. I also had my mind on the big picture of having money to sustain me while in college. As one of the first people in my family to go out of state for college, my concern was always on being able to support myself. I was not a young person against begging my parents for money. I knew however that many times, they just didn’t have it. Going to work is just one of many ways you can help yourself become a better you. For tips on finding a job, try your local paper, your school guidance counselor,and friends.