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sense of nostalgia and fond recollections of lessons learned, Or, maybe you’re wondering if those summer jobs are really worth the hassle… as if scheduling during the school year isn’t hard enough.

Wherever you fall, I hope you’ll take the plunge and encourage your working-age kid to participate in some kind of work

this summer. It will be good for them—resilience, grit, and all. If nothing else, they’ll end up with some great stories.

If you are PCSing, they may have to get creative when it comes to finding work, since they may have a short window of opportunity for earning potential. However, this is the perfect time for them to learn that a little bit of something is better than a whole lot of nothing. No matter the timeline, it’s still worth the effort of looking for work if they are interested in making some money and learning a bit about themselves.

Where to find work

Encourage your kid to do something more this summer than play (though they should do that too). If they need help, an MSCCN Employment Specialist can help them identify interests, find local opportunities, and submit resumes and applications.

Good luck to you and your offspring! Here’s to a summer of growth and money-making!

Seasonal Work

Summer Camps

Swimming Pools

Amusement Parks

Local Economy

Service Industry

Mom and Pop shops willing to give a kid a chance

Self-Employment

Pet Sitting/Walking

Lawncare

Babysitting

Special Talents

If your child doesn't want to go the traditional summer employment route, a recent article in The Wall Street Journal may offer you (and them) some good news. According to Levitz and Morath, it's time for teenagers to look beyond retail and fast food. They have the tech skills that companies want, and a company near you could be in the market. Read more at: https://www.wsj.com/articles/facing-historic-labor-shortages-companies-snap-up-teenagers-1523895726