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December 6, 2008

To Get A Job or Not To Get A Job

Filed under: Kids,Part-time Job — ambercouric @ 2:07 pm
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To get a job or not to get a job is the question.   Ashby, my son that is in college, and I have been discussing this topic.  We seem to be differing on the answer and our opinions are probably the opposite of what you would think.

Ashby doesn’t work during school.  He has held one job for a long term but when he started college he quit.  He has enough money in the bank that could carry him for a couple of years.  This is based on his weekly spending of about $20.  He has a scholarship that pays everything for school including books and he even has a few hundred dollars left over each semester.

He has several opportunites for the summer that do not pay but would be great experiences.  I personally think that at  this point with the economy so shaky he should not get a job but take advantage of the other opportunities.  We could easily fund him an allowance if he feels like he needs more money.  I feel that with so many people losing jobs (more than 500 in our town 2 days ago) that the job should be saved for someone who really needs it. 

His reason for wanting a job is that he doesn’t need to waste the summer.  I won’t stop him from getting a job if he really wants to but I think that at this point it is not necessary.  I will also say that if he didn’t have the scholarship I would be encouraging him to work.

What is your opinion?  Should he work or not?



  1. I have to weigh in on Ashby’s side. If he wants to work, why not? He may not need to, but perhaps he could meet you halfway and get only a part-time job for the summer. That way he’ll get some work experience, a paycheque and still have time to spend just being a kid.

    Comment by Annie — December 6, 2008 @ 7:23 pm

  2. I agree. I would leave it up to your son after talking to him about your point of view.

    Comment by over the cubicle wall — December 6, 2008 @ 7:53 pm

  3. While it may not be for money, what about an internship? Or he could volunteer somewhere for the experience. I like his idea to “not waste” the summer, you’ve raised a smart boy. He should be building up experience and a resume for when he finishes college, what is he interested in. An internship or summer job in his field will set him up for a career after college. I started with my first company when I was still in school, fortunately engineering internships are paid. When graduation came close I asked them if I could move to full time and they hired me. Everyone else was worrying about what to do after college, I already had a job lined up. So, I think you’re wonderful to suggest saving a job for someone else. I think he should try to do something for the experience, paid or unpaid.

    Comment by Miss M — December 6, 2008 @ 9:30 pm

  4. Sounds like Ashby has a good work ethic. I say if he wants to work, let him. If you and he are worried about families in your community who are struggling because of the economy, maybe he can donate some of his earnings to local causes to help them. Then everybody wins.

    Comment by Money Minder — December 6, 2008 @ 9:34 pm

  5. I am on your side —- I understand that if he wants to work, let him work — but make sure that he knows that the other opportunities will look amazing on his resume!!!!

    Comment by jpkittie — December 7, 2008 @ 9:03 pm

  6. I think I am on Ashby’s side on this. It would be invaluable for him to have a job doing something in the line of work he is studying. My parents pushed me this way in college and I believe my resume of work (from college or summers) was the leading factor in giving me that extra oomph above others when I graduated. I found a great job just a few months out of college thanks to those college jobs. Ashby sounds like a great kid…good job with that!

    Comment by Beef Up Your Piggy — December 7, 2008 @ 9:38 pm

  7. Thanks for all your input. Ashby has the opportunity to learn Arabic – which he wants to learn and this will help him get into a good graduate school. He is currently a research assistant and he will work as a tutor while in school. The tutor is a paid position. He is planning a paid internship for the Spring of 2009-2010 school.

    Our biggest difference of opinion comes from the fact he wants to work a manual labor job for the summer. I don’t think he can work a physical job and put in the hours for the Arabic. He will also be involved in a research project for the summer.

    I will let him make the final decision and he has a few months before he decides.

    Comment by Amber Couric — December 8, 2008 @ 8:19 am

  8. I think you are blessed that he has a choice. I would let him exercise that choice.

    Comment by SimplyForties — December 8, 2008 @ 8:40 pm

  9. That is so great that your son is in a position to be able to have the choice, and I think it is great that you are considering other people who might need the job even worse. It’s also great that he only spends about $20 a week! That’s excellent. Now you say he doesn’t want to waste the summer. My suggestion is for him to volunteer his time! That is actually how I ended up with my job here. I volunteered for a year and then they hired me. That way he won’t “waste a summer”, he won’t take a job from someone who really needs it, and he’ll get some valuable experience in the work world.

    Comment by Mrs. Accountability — December 9, 2008 @ 10:22 am

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