Impact of industrial decline on youth employment

Young adolescents all over the United States has felt the impact of the slow economic improvement from the industrial decline of the late 2000’s. Over the past couple of years, youth employment has increased considerably across the state. As for the minority of teenagers, it’s gotten far worse. Statistics conducted in July of 2013 showed that unemployment for black and Hispanic youth has increased by 30 percent.

The benefits of employment for youth

Just about all young adolescents (98.6%) have been employed and have maintained a job in between the ages of 18-25. Some adolescents work part time while others look for full-time employment seeking independence. Employment benefits teenagers for many reasons which include the following:

  1. Responsibility
  2. Time management
  3. Order
  4. Useful working habits
  5. Experience
  6. Financial independence

The impact of employment for students that want to drop out of school

Predominantly for high school students, there must be a transformation as middle class and minority teenagers experience an employment rate of one in ten. A progressive labor force and employment options has an important impact on young adolescents towards continuing their career plans and helps lessen the unemployment rate. Even for students who are at a higher risk of discontinuing their education, much less their career goals, being employed even for the summertime has been shown to lessen the chances of them dropping out of school.

Young adolescents who have more employment prospects and have had support from both a professional and a mentor early on in their lives are more capable of meeting the requirements of the ongoing workforce than if they had gone in mid-level or professional background later in their career paths. Research and actual situations, as well as experiences, have shown time and time again that having experience at an early age in the workforce brings more benefits later in life.

Employment for young adolescent decreases the rate of dropouts

Studies have also shown that summer jobs, as well as employment programs, decrease high school dropout rates which are particularly significant for Jersey City where there is a diversity in cultural and economic youth students. An example of this is Hispanic, Black and middle-class students are most likely to become drop outs and prolong to graduate than their fellow classmates. It has also been proven that young adolescents apart from remaining in school due to having a summer job have also scored higher in tests than students that worked off and on during the summer vacations. There is no doubt that summer employment for students can be life altering, specifically for adverse students.

Currently, employment for adolescents is very bleak and one of the reasons is high unemployment rates. Unemployment rates among adults is approximately 14%, teenagers are competing with adults for a position so the odds of them getting the job over an adult are minimal. Teenagers lack experience and adults already come with it.

What youth encounters when seeking employment

Currently, due to the not so long ago economic downfall, acquiring employment and maintaining a job has become a difficult task for all of us including young adolescents. Specific populations such as adolescents who have been through the juvenile system, foster care, pregnant, homeless, disabled, or have dropped out of high school should go through even more trials than others when it comes to obtaining employment. These youth tackle many more obstacles for employment such as transportation, documentation, support, and childcare. They might have a short-lived way of life or might be trying to conquer a psychological illness, drug abuse, former felonies, or might even have a juvenile record. Despite the challenges that youth have gone through, most have had a job by the time they are 25 years old.

What employers look for in an employee

Some of the experiences and training that most employers look for are soft skills. Soft skills are a person’s individual traits, assets, and characteristics. Some of these would include time management skills (using your time wisely and efficiently) and interpersonal skills (having the ability to know, understand, and control your emotions). Other skills include basic skills such as reading, writing, math, and computer skills. Thinking skills like critical, creative and problem-solving skills. Personal qualities are also essential for employers, these include professionalism in the work place, responsibilities, integrity, etc.

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