Do you remember your first real summer job?
We’re betting you do. And you probably have a good story or two about that introduction to the working world.
Would it surprise you to know that most teens today won’t have stories like that when they’re grown up?
Back in the 1970s, almost 56% of U.S. teenagers worked during the summer months – slinging burgers, mowing lawns, bagging groceries, whatever job was available. The work wasn’t always was almost never glamorous. But you’d end the summer with a sense of accomplishment, increased independence, and some financial freedom.
Flash forward several decades. Only about 30% of generation Z had summer jobs in 2014. That’s a pretty major downward shift.
There are multiple reasons for this: fewer entry-level jobs, more emphasis on unpaid internships and other pre-college preparation, and less free time, to name a few.
The bottom line: Far fewer teens are looking for – and landing – summer jobs than in decades past.
What about the kids who do find employment? We have a feeling that their summer work experiences are pretty different from what ours were…