Find Success in Summer Work

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March 28, 2011

While landing a first job may involve a bit of luck for your child, keeping it involves more than mere good fortune. Every summer, many young people learn what else is involved in surviving that first week in the real world of employment.

An orientation session in which your child is introduced to the company, the building, and employee policies will most likely kick off their first day. Your child will be required to complete federal and state tax forms and to furnish appropriate identification materials. Afterward, it’s time to settle into the assigned work area and get started.

Urge your child to make a good first impression by dressing properly and arriving promptly, equipped with the right tools for the job. Coach your child on the importance of a positive attitude and team building skills. There is no better introduction to fellow workers than an offer to pitch in and help whenever possible. Stress the importance of following through on assignments and taking pride in accomplishments. Coax him or her to embrace challenge, accept responsibility, and resist using unearned perks or privileges.

With proper parental guidance and support, your child will optimize his or her chances for a successful work experience, which will serve as a great reference builder for your child’s future. Samuel Goldwyn once said, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” Ideally, your child will feel very lucky by summer’s end.