Can anyone answer me why summer jobs are so hard to find? I mean, you’re finally out of school and have a couple of months to do what you please,…

Can anyone answer me why summer jobs are so hard to find? I mean, you’re finally out of school and have a couple of months to do what you please, but that usually means being part of some kind of summer program, working, or just relaxing. I’ll be honest, last summer I didn’t do anything but bum around for two months, but this summer I decided to begin that desperate search for something to do.   When you’re a little kid there are limitless programs that you can be part of, but as a teenager there a only a certain number of programs and it really is a competition against every other teen applying for the same program. Now I have to give all the thanks in the world to the Mayor of Chicago because he started this program in my city that gave thousands of teens jobs this summer. So a week before the deadline given to me by my parents, I got some emails offering me a job after searching for literally months. Luckily, I now have an internship at this art studio where I just have a great time with other teens working there. Many teenagers around the country aren’t as lucky, so they’re left with nothing really to do, and getting a job really helps because who wouldn’t mind some extra cash to spend on stuff or to save for college.   There is a serious lack of jobs and programs available to teens and I think there really should be some kind of national program to get teens to do something productive during the summer because even I got tired of doing nothing last summer and that’s saying a lot. Let me know some of your experiences trying to get into a program or a job this summer.   – Ruben

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  • Allyson

    Summer jobs for teens are typically either difficult to acquire or difficult to come by. I think this has a lot to do with the negative perception of what the media has called Generation Y. We are often depicted by the media and viewed by some employers as fickle, narcissistic, demanding workers whose main asset is the fact that we’ve grown up with “advanced” technologies.

    My parents’ friends (who of course belong to an older generation of workers and professionals) tend to view teenagers and new college graduates as “clueless” and “disloyal” and are often reluctant to employ teenagers in their businesses. I believe that if employers took the time to get past the misconceptions about teenagers today, they might actually find that many of us are actually diligent workers.

    As for internships for teens, they’re often very competitive to get into, which may be a reason why some of us tend to shy away from them.

  • Ruben

    I totally agree that how older generations see teens today is not completely off the mark. Unfortunately, most of the teens I know are not real up on proper work etiquette. I for one am a very hard worker and feel that every one should be given a chance. Finding work for teens really shouldn’t be this hard because of a generational gap.