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Teens working

Career Bulletin Board (Picture by/ Rhian Schwennsfeir)

Career Bulletin Board
(Picture by/ Rhian Schwennsfeir)

By: Allison McAndrews

Everyone has a different outlook on teens working. Some say that it is too much to juggle education, school work, and a job, while others say it teaches them responsibility and management.

Teens who have jobs have more personal responsibilities. Someone who continuously does not show up to work or goes in late will not have a job.

Attleboro resident Christine Soucy said, “I have a son who has been working since he was a junior in high school, and now as a freshman in college I can see just how much he has matured from having a job over the years. He even pays all of his own bills while maintaining good grades. I couldn’t be more proud.”

Money management is also a big part of having a job. Most teens work to have money, whether it is for college, car insurance or pocket money. Attleboro High School (AHS) sophomore Ryan Quimby said, “I feel like it’s their decision; if they need the money, it is up to them.”

Teens must learn to save money and not blow all of it on every little thing that they want or they simply will not have money when they do need it.

Joseph Therien, a Springfield resident with three children said, “I think more teens should have jobs. It enables them to contribute to the economy and it builds character.”

Teens also need to manage their time. They must do all of their academic assignments and balance their work with personal time.

Jobs prepare teens for adulthood and give them a view of what it will be like to have to support themselves. AHS sophomore Jordan Fuller said, “I think, yes, teens should have jobs because when they get out of high school they will need to have enough money to support themselves.”

In many cases, when teens are in need of money and their families cannot pay to support them, or their families would like them to learn the value of money on their own, they are given an ultimatum. Either: work and earn your own money, or don’t have money.

“Yeah, teens should have jobs. They need to learn to work for what they want and need, but I also think they should enjoy their childhood. They have their whole lives to work,” said Attleboro resident and parent Robert Soucy.

Some teens cannot juggle everything they already have going on in their lives, which makes adding a job too much for them to handle. Pawtucket resident, Jean Costa, who has two children said, “Teenagers need to work to develop responsibility, but their primary focus shouldn’t be income, it should be school.”

Not only do some teens, who have jobs, not have time to finish their academics, but they also are so busy that they become too tired to find time to enjoy themselves.

AHS has a bulletin board showing jobs that are available for students to apply to such as Target, Kmart and Uno’s. It also has several lifeguard courses that can lead to job opportunities. AHS supports and encourages teens to apply for jobs.


High School Students and Jobs

“Now Hiring” sign (Photo by/ Marie Urmson)

“Now Hiring” sign
(Photo by/ Marie Urmson)

By: Marie Urmson 

Today, teenagers are finding it increasingly difficult to acquire jobs for lots of reasons, including the high unemployment rate. Unemployed adults have taken jobs that teenagers usually have.

Due to the recent minimum wage laws changing, the minimum wage in 2016 will gradually become $10, $2 more than the current wage. However, beginning this Jan., more domestic service workers will be protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime provisions.

All these reasons aside, there are several things teenagers can do to increase their chances of being hired.

The first thing to do is to make sure of the job requirements. Employers are looking for potential employees who can take responsibility for themselves and will work the hours that are expected of them.

When dropping off an application, employers will be sure to notice if an applicant drops off a resume along with the application, especially if it is not required. Including a resume leaves the employer under the impression that the applicant is serious, which helps young adults because they can easily be overlooked by employers.

Resumes should include information about past work experience, along with basic personal information, such as a phone number and address. If there is no job experience to be listed, teenagers should write about activities or their volunteering.

Teenagers should have an experienced person look at their resume and make sure it is presentable. The last thing an employer is looking for is a resume that is lazily compiled, shows little or no effort, and has grammatical or spelling errors.

When completing job applications, teenagers should make sure to be honest about themselves, and to leave as little blank as possible. The smallest amount of extra effort could be the difference between landing the job or not.

High school students should keep in mind that they can apply to more than one job at once. In fact, it is a good idea to apply to several different stores/restaurants at once, so if one of them doesn’t work out, there are several other options. If more than one business calls to schedule an interview, it is up to the applicant to decide whether to follow through with both or stop the process.

A decision should be made before the student is hired, however, because backing out of a position after the company has offered the job and it’s been accepted could lead to hard feelings.

If the employer does not call back several days after the application has been dropped off, the applicant should either visit the business and request to speak to the manager or call and ask the status of the application over the phone.

If no callbacks have been made after the student has asked once, a maximum of three more calls can be made, with four to seven days between each call. During at least one of these callbacks, the applicant can ask what else could be done. After that, if the applicant still doesn’t hear from the employer, they should move on to other companies and start the process again.

At an interview, applicants should be completely honest about themselves. They should refrain from saying things that are not true. They should try to direct attention toward their assets, letting employers know how they would be suitable for the job. Do some research into the job.

It is important to ask questions during an interview. At the end of most interviews, the manager will usually ask applicants if they have any questions. One or two questions should be thought of in advance, perhaps about scheduling, policies or when a decision will be made. Asking questions lets the interviewer know that the applicant is interested in the company and the position.

Lastly, when attending an interview, dress professionally. If an interviewee arrives sloppily dressed, it gives the impression that they are not paying attention to detail, and it makes them look careless.

If the applicant makes sure to do all of these things, the job process should go smoothly. It is important to remember, however, that for teenagers, being hired requires a great deal of luck as well as effort.

A quick perusal online retrieved these nearby job opportunities at Patriot Place in Foxboro, Mass.:

Many local businesses are hiring seasonal employees. Check out the Want-ads or the store.

LOST IN THE MIND OF GIOVANNI: Be Respectful to Fast Food Workers


Senior PicBy: Giovanni Carcamo

As a former employee at McDonalds, I have worked in the field of customer service and fast food and identified a huge problem.

Fast food service is a fine job. The work is very active and very organized, which is enjoyable. What can cause a huge headache is the part involving customer service. I find examples every day of the public not knowing how to be polite.

To me, this is disgraceful and unfortunate. The public, or everyday customers, walk in McDonalds and put on an attitude; this attitude goes to their heads and they believe that they are in this certain position over the workers. It seems that everyday people see themselves as kings and queens, with some kind of royalty perks, treating workers as peasants.

What they don’t understand is that people should treat others as they would like to be treated and learn to order in a nice and polite manner. The public needs to remember simple courtesy.

First off, whether going through the drive-thru or going inside, when an order is placed, make sure of the following:

  • Clear enunciation
  • Speak normally, don’t yell or whisper
  • If a foreigner, please say so and ask for help. Workers will appreciate your effort of trying to speak English.

Now comes the second part — the order. When it comes to ordering a simple meal, remember that there are different sizes. If there are two different sizes and you only say “number five” then you will receive the medium order. Don’t be upset if it’s a medium fry and drink, if you wanted the large. Workers are not mind readers.

Just be courteous when ordering. If unsure as to if the order was taken correctly, ask to double check. Sometimes people either forget to order something verbally but mentally thought they did. It’s always wise to repeat an order.

  • Make a list beforehand to organize your thoughts
  • If you have an order of over $25, please, come inside; the drive-thru is usually for quick simple orders, not for a family of five.
  • Please treat everyone politely; have some dignity.

Be respectful. Say hello, goodbye, please, may I, no thank you, thank you, and have a great day. These are basic friendly phrases that most people do not think to do. Eye contact is unnecessary, but manners are always important.

Try not to ruin someone’s day; they are working hard. I never grasped before working in the fast food industry that society could be so rude. My family raised me to respect myself and others. It is important to be pleasant to hard working people.

Take a look inside yourself and consider treating everyone with admiration. Leave the crown for those across the Pond.

OPINION: Schools Helping Students

An excerpt from the Attleboro High School program of studies. (Attleboro Public Schools)

An excerpt from the Attleboro High School program of studies. (Attleboro Public Schools)

By: Christine Arsenault

In response to the article in The Page, published Jan. 28, “Schools need to do more to help their student athletes”; athletes in schools aren’t the only people who need extra time to study. Although it’s a good point that sports, AP and honors classes take up an extensive amount of time, especially if a student takes part in all three, there are also school clubs, and students with jobs, who are struggling to keep up their academic performance.

If some athletes are striving for a study period for only themselves, are they also sympathetic toward others who take part in time consuming activities?

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) states on their web site that: “secondary school students should have a minimum of 990 hours of structured learning time. Time which a student spends at school breakfast and lunch, passing between classes, in homeroom, at recess, in non-directed study periods, receiving school services, and participating in optional school programs shall not count toward meeting the minimum structured learning time requirement for that student (MGL 603 CMR 27.00 section 27.04 ¶ 2).”

If a study hall were to be instituted, students could have a non-directed study period, but it would also take away from in-class time, which could shorten classes, thus offering less time to cover the curriculum.

The math for each school year with a minimum of 189 full days, for students in Massachusetts, would have a total of 992 hours and 25 minutes of structured learning, not including 25 minutes of passing time, 20 minute lunches and 15 minute advisory/SSR time. This leaves 5 hours and 25 minutes of learning; students would barely make the minimum time for the required seat time. If DESE decided there was going to be a study period during the school day, they would have to compromise the hours by making school days longer or shortening classes or extending the amount of days students are in school. Remember, study halls don’t count toward the minimum 990 hours of learning required.

If a study period were to be offered, it should be open to all students, but it would take a lot of planning time to make it work while still having school end at an appropriate time in June.