By Denise Felder ~

Job market experts say that teens are having an easier time finding summer jobs this year than in recent years.

This is great news!

A summer job is an excellent way to earn money while gaining skills and experience that will help you in your education and career plans.

Here are three tips teens and young adults can use when choosing the right job.

1. Find an entry-level job in a career pathway you want to explore. Or find a job that will help you gain skills employers are looking for. Treat this job like an internship that will add to your resume.

2. Think about how much money you’d like to make. Create a budget that includes your current and future expenses, and savings. If you are not sure what your expenses are, use the Reality Check tool to help you know how much money you need to make in order to pay for the things you want.

3. If you are under age 18, a citizen of a different country or have other restrictions on the type of work you can do, know your rights. Look into the laws and regulations that protect you and employers, including legal resources for immigrants and refugees and jobs affected by a criminal record.

file0001298178663A summer job is more than a source of income. It’s a chance to make friends and have fun experiences that you will remember for a long time.

Remember — no job is perfect. You will likely make mistakes on the job or things will not happen as you planned. That’s OK. Learn how to overcome obstacles now and that skill will help you in school, in future jobs, and in life.

Have a great summer!



Denise Felder is the Professional Development Director in the Career Technical Education unit at Minnesota State Colleges & Universities.

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