Most don’t think about this, but I have a very eager 16 year old son wanting to go out and earn his own money and drive my car. If you are looking for a job these days, you already know that there is not a whole lot out there, but if you are 15 to 20 years old kid you may have a real problem. As it turns out youth unemployment numbers are flooring! Gone are the days of getting a coming of the age job and learning to micro manage your money. I thought it would be easy for him to get a job at Taco Bell, besides who wants to work along side Bevis and Butt-head. After my son did some searching with no success. I started to do some research and found the unemployment rate for youth 15 to 20 years of age is upwards of 30%, it make sense, because why would you hire a kid, when you can get an adult for the same price. If you thought that number was in any way shocking, the next one is going to blow you away. In the same age group for black kids that number is 53% unemployment.
So me and the dude “Nate” where talking, over some Burger King the other night because we wanted it our way :-). Having a teen age son is like having a frat buddy living with you, he stinks like shit all the time and it all your food, it’s funny beyond words. I think we all forget that we were all once a teen aged kid,, but to be honest, Nate is a good worker. To give you an example, I type about pitiful 33-40wpm with about 30% accuracy, if I am lucky. But Nate types about 72-80wps with about 70% accuracy. It is crazy! He is really good. I make him do some of my data entry work, and he does a great job. But he came to me and asked me to help him get a job. This got me thinking about my first job, I was a few weeks from being 16 years old. I walked into Albertsons and walked out a Box-boy. My first paycheck was $82.63, but it felt like a million to me.
If you are looking to help your son or daughter get a job, about the best thing you could do is go in and talk to the manager. I think it would be funny to interview my son…lol!