High School Summer Jobs

Use high school summer jobs as another great opportunity to extend and enrich your son or daughter's learning experiences. But, how? Sometimes, the only job opportunities available for home school high school students seem to be as workers in fast food establishments and neighborhood grocery stores.

I am not discounting those types of jobs at all. The next time you select fast food for your family's dinner I'm sure you will certainly be glad to see that person at the window.

So, fast food jobs surely have a place in the lives of some high school students.

They present opportunities to teach skills in the areas of:

  1. Punctuality - your son or daughter will be required to arrive at work on time or earlier for his/her scheduled shift
  2. Fortitude - your child may have to work long hours or busy shifts during peak hours
  3. Orderliness - your child will have to dress neatly and keep things in order at the job site
  4. Finances - your child may use math skills on the job and should also be required to create a budget for his personal expenses and learn to balance a checkbook
  5. Management - as your child learns how to follow instructions from those in authority over him, he can also learn how to become a leader one day
  6. Customer Service - he will have to learn to satisfy the needs of others more than his own, especially if he wants to maintain his job
  7. Communication - he will have to become capable of communicating, on a professional level, with people of all ages or races

Sometimes, a student can use his employment to earn credits and help satisfy requirements for his homeschool diploma. This option may not be for everyone and there are other pursuits such as obtaining high school summer internships, volunteerism or traveling, as a part of his high school home study.

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