Kids who do part-time work while at school land better jobs later in life

The Mirror is reporting that part-time work for teenagers still at school helps them land better jobs, but they are far less likely to get the chance than their parents’ generation.

The proportion of British 16 to 17-year-olds who have a part-time job while they’re still in education has more than halved, from 42% in 1997 to 18% in 2014.

A study for the Education Endowment Foundation says: “Part-time employment as a teenager is associated with improved economic outcomes for young adults. But teenagers today are much less likely to benefit from part-time work than they were 20 years ago.”

The study for the education charity adds that youngsters who have a good understanding of what they need to do to achieve their career ambitions and who combined part-time work with full-time study do a lot better economically later in life than their classmates.

Sir Kevan Collins, Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation, said: “High-quality careers advice can make a real difference to young people’s outcomes after school, particularly those from disadvantaged homes.

“It is more important today as fewer young people now work at weekends or part-time, missing out on essential life skills gained in the workplace.”

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  1. thiskidsthinkin

    Most jobs you apply for, even at a young age, want experience. If a young person has a few years at a Saturday job, they show a willingness to work, come with a reference from an employer, and are already at an advantage getting the job. For those that can’t get a Saturday job, there is the voluntary sector. You don’t get paid, but you do get experience and a reference. There are real world benefits from getting experience of work at a young age, especially if it is longer than the week or two with school.

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