Being a teenager is hard enough – what with all the changes happening to their bodies and brains, learning to navigate new relationships and find their way in the world.
Then … at 14 and 15 dreams of earning their own money start sprouting; being able to buy their own things, go to the movies and have a little freedom. But how to go about getting their first job?
So many kids have no idea. This stuff is not taught at school.
And the job market has changed … it is not like it was 20 years ago. Finding and getting a job is so much more complicated. They want and need to know how to write their resume, what to say in an interview (and still be themselves) and where to look for a job.
NU U Youth – The Real World
A program created by Kelly Kingston and Annette Densham to help our teenagers nail their first job.
It is designed to meet the needs of teenagers looking to secure their first job.
As mothers of teenagers, we have watched our children and their friends struggle with getting their first job. It is no longer easy to get a first job - everyone wants experience even from 14 year olds and the human connection is dwindling with so many organisations recruiting online.
Schools are not reaching these valuable skills ... at least no until they get to year 11. Many of the children we have spoken to want to be able to have some money in their pocket for their independence and to alleviate the financial pressure on their parents. But they are not certain how to go about getting their first job, what to put in their resume, who to approach, what to say, how to say it, what to wear and still be themselves. Getting a job is so much more complicated than when we were kids.
Many of the teenagers we spoke to are lost and not sure how to approach employers, so they don't approach them at all.
The NU U program is a term long program that will run in term 4 for year 9s and first term for year 10s. Sessions will run for 45 minutes and cover:
- Writing a resume; what counts as experience and showcasing their innate skills in the best light
- Finding referees; who can vouch for you
- How to approach employers; in person and online
- Online applications - how to navigate them, what to write
- Preparing for a job interview; what to wear, what to say and not say in an interview, how to follow up
- What to do when they've got the job; opening a bank account, getting a TFN, finding out work conditions and how much pay is
- Financial responsibility - saving money, budgeting, money management (again skills not taught in schools).
- Financial intelligence leads to confident and secure adults.