#SOL21: Work

‘Thank you, Aunt Fran,” seconds before the door closed.

Tasks finished. No, to SSI. Yes, to being a citizen. What to put for institution? Those were just a few of the questions that arose.

Unfortunately, the resume had to be typed. The “Free” site required $3.00 in order to access the copy that had just been input. Perfect time for learning that promises of “free” aren’t always truthful.

Online job application completed. Resume typed and emailed. Just one more step. Upload the resume to the site and voila. Wait and see . . .

Perhaps a pandemic isn’t the best time to be looking for a job. Perhaps a pandemic is the best time to be looking for a job. As an anticipated high school graduate in May of 2022, life continues on and there is an entire semester of school yet to go before summer.

Application, check.

Resume, check.

Planning for a Sunday job during the school year and perhaps future summer employment. Perhaps working at the grocery store where his cousin worked during the last year. The store where his uncles worked. The store that routinely hires students. A “student friendly” employer. That’s a part of the goal.

Why employment while a student?

You can find some pros and cons here at this link.

I’m willing to bet that there is no one answer that works for all students. A part-time job could broaden a student’s environment, earn some spending money, teach some money management skills, build confidence, take away from screen time, and . . . ??? Perhaps work will interfere with learning at school, but maybe it will cement some connections between school and work, and allow a student to explore a variety of employment options.

Did you work during high school? (During the year or in the summers?) What did you learn from working? How might you practice / model some “decision-making skills?”


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2 responses

  1. This made me think of a summer job I had. I worked in a dress factory. I was a bundle boy. My job was to work in the cutting room in the basement. I didn’t cut, but bundled pieces and took them up to the ladies on the sewing floor. The one thing I learned form this is that I wanted an education so I would not have to do something like this my entire working life.

  2. You have me thinking about my work life. Arjeha’s response made me laugh! I did work because my faither owned a janitorial company and I worked as a cleaner. I really don’t know if I chose it? It was just the family business and I did like getting a paycheck. I did like the confidence it gave me. I did like having a busy routine which seemed to keep me out of trouble!!

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