What happened?

Two things I said on Twitter got me thinking.

Feels oddly resentful at the teens, oblivious to current redundancy threats, still come in and ask if the shop is hiring. Read the news!

Perhaps I’m stereotyping, but there are people out there with more than mobile sims and McDonald’s to pay for.

Before anyone says that some teens need work to support themselves or contribute to the family income, I know that happens. I started my working life at fifteen, just two years after my dad (the family bread-winner) died, and it was just me and my mom. We had some very hard times, but we got through it. Three years later, my same job in fast food gave me a five hundred dollar scholarship. It was a lot of money for a kid with not much and a degree to pay for. I am very grateful.

What prompted me to make the above tweets is an ongoing trend of teens coming into the shop where I work, dressed in street clothes (the nice ones that come from Top Shop, etc.), typically accompanied by one or more friends, often without CV/résumés, and oblivious to the news that my workplace is cutting staff nation wide. I have never said where I work here, and I won’t now, but the major newspapers and several trade publications have covered the news of our upcoming redundancies. Only three of the dozen or so people employed at my shop are safe from the job cuts. I am not one of them. I’m not particularly concerned yet as it does no good to worry about something I have so little control over, so I go to work and do the best job I can and hope for the best.

The fact that many of us have rent, mortgages, utility bills, etc. to pay for is a real concern. When I was fifteen, I didn’t have a mobile phone and yet most of today’s teens could scarcely imagine a life without one. The fact is, a mobile phone is not a necessity. Groceries are. I know that there are teens in difficult situations who need to house themselves or raise a child, but I am certain they are not the ones who look for a job unprepared. To look for work is serious and I don’t see nearly enough teens looking for it – at the shop I work in – with any seriousness at all. Even for a greasy job in a roast beef fast food restaurant, I dressed in nice clothes and went alone to seek the work. Showing a respectful desire to join the workforce seems to be a dying practise.

My above Twitter comments started a good conversation between myself and a friend who started work at fifteen to support herself. She is not who I see coming into the shop. I may be making assumptions about the ones who do come in, but I’ve also been the kid who needed a job and I just don’t see the same attitude in the teens who ask for job vacancies now. Is this the difference twenty years makes or perhaps a more serious problem with a percentage of the upcoming workforce?

Also, is this the same in the US, or more of a UK example?

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4 thoughts on “What happened?”

  1. Unfortunately, I think it’s just an example of the ‘youth of today’ (I sound really old!). My point is, it’s seems like the majority of teens have a certain attitude…like the world owes them a living, and they shouldn’t have to make any effort.

    I got a mobile Phone when I was 17, now you see 8 and 9 year olds with them…why? At that age, they should not need to call/text people. I think they do actually believe it is a necessity.

  2. If you’re sounding old, I’m certainly sneaking up on my casket! 😉

    You’ve hit the mark with “owes them a living.” That’s what I see when no effort is made to look like a person seriously seeking employment. A job is waiting… No, sorry. That’s not how it works. And especially now.

    Since there is the better part of a decade between our ages, I can see the mobile reaching your generation at a younger age than mine, certainly. For me, it was still very out of reach until I was in my twenties. It would, however, be one of the first things to go if I had to cut luxury item cost. I know that wouldn’t work for everyone, but I don’t use mine for work or anything important. It’s handy, but not a necessity.

    I think if teens really want jobs, they’re going to have to up their game to compete now. There are too many people out of work.

  3. The kids at work make me weep for the future. Their parents have spoiled them so much that they do not know how to operate a vacuum cleaner let alone know how to dress for work. I may have not done a lot of the cleaning in our house, but I did know how to run the vacuum, do my own laundry, and shovel the driveway when my mom needed me to. I think a lot of parents want to be their child’s friend instead of their parent. While talking to a coworker the other day she was complaining about her driveway not being shoveled and I asked why her children hadn’t done it. She said she never had thought to tell them that that was one of their chores. She said she didn’t want them mad at her for making them shovel. I couldn’t believe it. It just proves my point that parents worry too much about their children being their friends.

  4. Wow Jen that’s Crazy! I had no idea there were so many cuts going on. Now I feel like one of the rose tinted youngsters lol. I know what you mean, though. And If I was foreced to make the choice, I would stop eating and let someone pry my mobile phone out of my cold, dead hand.

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