As summer approaches, the typical teenager prepares for a hibernation of sorts, emerging from the 3 month slumber with hazy memories of striped towels, fresh cut grass, and the signature coconut scent of the average drug store tanning lotion.
However, I beg to differ with the societal view of “the typical teenager”. As the economy steadily plummets, and the price of gas steadily rises, many students begin the long and arduous quest to find the perfect summer job.
Perfect doesn’t always necessarily equate with easy. With the majority of Sequoia students pawing for jobs at Ike’s Lair, employees are required to memorize the ingredients in the restaurant's over 200 different types of sandwiches with pop quizzes issued to keep the expert staff on their toes.
Other jobs require knowledge of cappuccino designs, CPR, and in most cases a cheerful, enthusiastic and ready to help employee, traits that few high school students lack.
Contrary to the popular belief that high schoolers care only about themselves and their appearance, money is also a common love for the majority of us. Growing up in a recession, we were taught to be frugal. I was taught never to waste anything, and to only buy something if it was truly necessary.
From the time when I was a little kid, the idea of a job, of making my own money from somebody other than my parents, was exciting and intriguing. Though I had dabbled in the craft of babysitting, I have never truly experienced a regular position with set hours at a set rate with a payday and timesheets and all of the quintessential aspects of a real job.
This summer, however, I intend to apply for as many jobs as possible in the hopes that somebody will hire me with my blank resume.
Local businesses should open their doors to high school help. Although their resumes might be blank, students are a great resource to invest in and hiring them is both beneficial to the company, beneficial to the individual, and beneficial to the society as a whole by equipping San Carlos youth with the skill set needed to join the future workforce.
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