Some teens get jobs to contribute to their familys finances. Other teens get jobs to save up for college or to fund other personal expenses. Teens who earn their own money also have more of an appreciation of its value, allowing them to reflect that it doesnt grow on trees and needs to be earned. Additionally, being responsible for their personal purchases helps teens learn to budget and plan out their finances. It is a positive experience for teens to have part-time jobs, but parents need to be partners in this learning exercise, says heather battison,. Teens who work in a restaurant in high school may be inspired to start their own dining establishment after college. Others might be turned on to a field they might not have considered before a summer job at the local aquarium might spark an interest in marine biology. Deciding whether to let your teen get a job isnt a decision you should make lightly. If youre on the fence, encourage your teen to start with a summer job. Summer employment wont interfere with school and it can keep your teen busy during the summer months. If a summer job goes well, your teen may be ready to work during the school year. By lindsey hunter lopez jul 02, 2018 at 650 pm edt jul 02, 2018 at 650 pm edt image sturtigetty images. It provides teens with responsibility and spending money, which i think everyone can agree is a need for teens. You and other push over parents just encourage teens to be lazy and not get a job. Before you think about submitting job applications, brainstorm which job qualities are most important to you. Theyll really speak to the types of jobs that youll gain the most from. Higher education costs in the united states have been skyrocketing for the last 20 years, but its still possible to get a great education without breaking the bank. According to the bls, teen labor force participation has been on a downward trend, and that trend is expected to continue well into 2024. This decline in participation means that there are fewer teens employed in the u. , but theres also fewer teens who are actively looking for work. Others might be turned on to a field they might not have considered before a summer job at the local aquarium might spark an interest in marine biology. As teens work at a part-time job, they learn just how capable they are, building confidence and self-reliance.