As the school year ends, the summer job season begins for teenagers across mid-Michigan. Not only a way to earn spending money, these jobs pave the foundation for a successful career.
We checked in with Rhetta Hunyady, vice president of education and training at the Genesee Co. Chamber of Commerce. She oversees their TeenQuest program.
“We take them through, certainly through resume and application preparation, but also how to prepare yourself for an interview,” she said.
Last year, more than one million teens found summer work according to the hiring firm, Challenger Gray and Christmas. However, that number is low: it’s been trending downward for years.
Last summer, about 40 percent of teens in the U.S. worked. Compare that with 65 percent in 1978.
However, Hunyady said a summer hustle today can benefit teens down the road.
Learning to look customers in the eye, being polite when dealing with an angry customer: these are skills teens will expand on as they move through their career.
Don’t expect to know exactly how to do the job, Hunyady said employer will teach you that. The most important thing employers want is something they can’t teach you: a positive attitude.
The Genesee Chamber of Commerce is hosting free events this summer, designed to help them develop career-based skills. They provided the following information for families interested in the program:
Registration is now open for TeenQuest, a pre-employment and leadership training program designed to prepare Genesee County youth for success in the 21st-century workplace. The summer session will be held 1-4 p.m. , July 9-Aug. 2, Monday-Thursday each week. TeenQuest’s summer session is open to teens ages 14-19 and entering grades 10-12 in the 2018-2019 school year.
For more information, or to register for the free program, please click here.