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There comes a point in each teenager’s life when they look in their wallet and find it empty. The solution for adults is to hit the ATM and refill, but teenagers don’t always have that luxury. Many of us rely on allowances and gifts from parents, grandparents, and friends, which dry up quickly. Other students with steady jobs have a larger respect for the money they earn and tend to be frugal spenders.
Eventually, parents stop funding their children’s personal spending. Aside from food, clothing, and other essentials, parents will stop giving their teenagers money and suggest they find work, either during the school year or in the summer. At Bullis, there are students who explore both of these options. While for many, the thought of summer is still in the distance, now is the time to lock down a summer job.
Summer jobs are essential in the formation of a young person’s working career. They not only provide a student with a steady income, but also with a basis for work ethic and an opportunity to be productive while not in school. The quintessential summer job is working by the pool or beach, but other opportunities far from the water can also be very important in career development beyond high school. Internships, paid or unpaid, are valuable resources for finding what career path students want to take. Internships not only look good on applications, but also are also integral in the maturation process.
The Washington metropolitan area has a very competitive market for teenagers looking for summer jobs. It is key that those interested in looking for work have guaranteed a spot prior to the beginning of the summer. With opportunities ranging from bagging groceries to working on farms, there is a wide range of positions looking to be filled.
The income a teenager makes over the summer can be used in a variety of ways. Often, teenagers that make their own money tend to save it as they understand the effort it took to make it. With their own money, teens are more financially independent. Students do not have to constantly ask their parents for money, and there feel older and more important in society. A successful way to keep track of expenditures without reaching into debt is to have a debit card through a bank account. Many banks have systems for helping teens learn how to manage their money safely and prepare for college.