We know how important your involvement is in your child's education - we also know how difficult it can be to stay on top of all of the important steps in planning and preparing for college.  

Below you'll find this month's content - LEARN (info to know), DO (action to take), and TIPS (insights for success)


Part Time Jobs for Students: Good or Bad?

One of the best ways to help keep a student on schedule is for them to have positive ways to use their time so that they waste as little as possible.  Many students already have busy schedules: school, sports, family commitments, and activities.  But what about the kids who aren’t doing those things?  Or what happens during summer when some of those activities fall by the wayside?  It’s time to talk about a part time job and/or volunteer work. 

Your student has been encouraged to research different careers that he/she is interested in for their future.  Finding a paying job in this area might be tough, yes, so he/she can also find volunteer opportunities in this arena.  Or maybe we need to think outside the box. 

If your student is interested in business, he/she can look for a position that allows them to see management up close.  Working for a manager, even as a volunteer, shows them positive ways of working with others and how to take orders from a stranger who won’t coddle them (ahem).  Interested in animals? A local vet office or zoo might be willing to offer some hours and show your student the different ways they work with creatures.  Is your student an entrepreneur?  Time to start organizing and collecting donations for a local charity, accounting for costs and time and seeing the project through.

The best thing they will learn is time management.  When they have a finite amount of time and need to make all the pieces fit, they will discover what their priorities are and make positive choices. 

Your student is more versatile and capable than you give him/her credit for.  Allowing your student to take on a task like a job gives them ownership and also teaches them to take orders from another adult.  No, everything won’t be perfect.  Yes, they will make mistakes.  This opportunity will show them the first steps to working as part of an employment team, what’s it’s like to have a boss, and expose them to adult interactions and the language and vocabulary associated with that line of work.  Undoubtedly, it will also give them a self of self-worth and make them appreciate the job you do day in and day out. 


Help them Look

Help your student find a position in a career field that they are interested in.  Talk to local companies, help them identify places that they can work or volunteer, and highlight what skills they can take away from this position.  But be sure to let them take the lead, talk to the owners/boss, and ask for the position/apply.  This is their job and if they want to be taken seriously, they need to be responsible. 

TIP #1

Find local academic opportunities for your student to engage with over summer.  Whether language classes, coding or robotics, or just math and reading help, get them working on reinforcing current skills or learning new one to enhance their education. 

TIP #2

The weather is warming up!  Encourage your student to get outside and get moving after school.  Then, when they come in to do homework, they will be less distracted and more ready to focus on the work at hand.

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