Summer is a great time for teens to learn about different types of jobs and career opportunities. Whether your child chooses to get a job to earn extra spending money, to earn funds for something big like a car, trip, or college, or to try on the “real world” responsibilities of work, this experience can be invaluable in many ways. Here are two resources – practical and informational – to share with your teen.
Summer Jobs+ is a government-funded service designed to help teens to get real-world job experience. This initiative, supported by the U.S. Department of Labor, provides a “job bank” so that teens can find a summer job in their local area. Although not targeted to individuals with learning disabilities, these short-term jobs can provide valuable experience in exploring different careers and workplace environments.
Visit Summer Jobs+ to sign up for more information and to access the easy-to-use search tool.
An internship is a great way for young people to prepare for a career. The National Consortium on Leadership and Disability for Youth has created a useful and very detailed guide that describes the step-by-step process of finding, applying for, and participating in an internship. This guide is rich in strategies, tips, and resources!