Whether it’s because they don’t have the time or don’t see the need, fewer teens today have jobs nationally, but the trend doesn’t hold true in Baton Rouge, Business Report details in a recent feature.
Instead of taking a summer job, local 17-year-old Amir Smith found himself back in the classroom for an ACT prep program at Southern University. He’s hoping to attend LSU next fall, and his mother and her friend convinced him the program would pay off in time more than any temporary job could.
“Initially I didn’t want to do it. I wanted a job,” Smith says. “I took a while to think about how it’ll help me in the future. My mother’s friend explained that with a job you might make about $2,000 over the summer, whereas TOPS pays for four years of college.”
Area high school counselors say that, even though students are busier today with school and extracurricular activities, many still hold some type of job.
And workplaces where you might expect teens to get their first job—grocery stores, restaurants or club pools—still have students apply for work during the summer, and, for the most part, owners say, they’re good employees.
For example, Ella Barhorst, a senior at St. Joseph’s Academy, juggles working as a lifeguard at the Kenilworth Club around summer varsity basketball workouts and duties related to her being senior class president.