High school and College students are often overlooked for being too ‘young,’ too ‘unskilled’ and too ‘unpolished’ for most jobs or internships.
We all have siblings, cousins, daughters and sons that are mature, intelligent, and highly polished. Most importantly, though, is that young students are tech-savvy and are willing to work for free or much lower pay if there are growth opportunities for them.
This can be very valuable for employers given the technological revolution we are experiencing. As a society we should give young, talented students jobs and opportunities.
Students are resourceful, thoughtful, and useful. Although they may not have the ’10 years of experience’ or know how to do something that is special to a certain job, they know how to find it. They are brilliant with Google and use Twitter and Facebook to stay connected, learn, and disseminate information. They are social media wizards and can drive customers to your site and company. This comes so naturally to them that they expect everyone to know how to do so.
Students are early technology adopters and trend setters. They are more efficient at certain tasks because of their tech-savviness with the iPhone applications they have downloaded or heard about. They can reduce your operational costs and therefore make your company grow.
There are also social benefits to employing younger people. Students working part-time jobs tend to perform better in school, be healthier, and increase economic output. According to the College Board, students who work part-time have lower dropout rates, higher college attendance rates, and have a much more healthier, balanced lives.
Let’s help students unleash their potential. We need to trust them. We need to give them opportunities to work.
Photo from Flickr, Tulane Public Relations
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