Restaurants, Parks, Beaches and retail used to employ teen in bulk.

I’ took my first job at the age of 14. It wasn’t by choice. I had gotten into enough trouble during the school year that my dad decided it was a good idea to keep me busy.’  I worked as a student aid for the New York City Board of Education. My dad ran summer school every year, for as long as I remember.’  Every morning we would wake up before the sun rose, and we would drive in. We would grab breakfast, and we would talk mostly about the previous day.

That first job is special to me. Not just for the obvious reasons above, but because I still vividly remember my failures, struggles and successes. I remember my mentors who showed me what it meant to lead. I also remember the bad bosses who accomplished everything through verbal abuse.’  Do you remember the first person who talked down to you at work?’ ‘  I learned some of the most important lessons of my life at that job, and at the other summer jobs I held as a teen.’  My summer jobs provided me with the opportunity to make mistakes at work while the stakes were still low. Read More →

One of the podcasts I listen to (Buzz Out Loud) started a drinking game that centers around the phrase “In these tough economic times.” Whenever a podcast host uses that phrase, the other hosts yell out “drink.”

While the game is in response to the many press releases and news stories about the faltering economy, it is also a reminder that there are lots of people in the country that are looking for jobs. (That’s a fact that isn’t always so humorous.) Certainly it’s not just those in the technology industry on the job hunt. Librarians are in the job market too.

In order to help those serving teens locate jobs, YALSA put together a new wiki page as a way to provide information and resources on finding jobs and as a place to advertise positions in the field. If you know of a job, you can post information about it on the wiki. If you know of someone else that has a job opening, let that person know about the wiki and how to post information there.’  And, if you know about a good resource for locating teen librarian jobs add it to the list that’s already started on the wiki. Read More →