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Category: Jobs & Internships

Posted March 11, 2016, 9 a.m. by James Paterson | View Comments
How Smart are you About a Summer Job?

When you’re a teenager, many times the process of applying for a job, being interviewed, and being evaluated and hired goes something like this: “Hey, the restaurant I’m working at needs some help and you can start right away.” And, before you know it, you have a job. There are a lot of good reasons why a job is a great experience, but there are also some potential problems. With the summer job season right around the corner, you and your parents should take some time to discuss the process and establish some guidelines. The advantages and disadvantages were all ...

Posted Feb. 9, 2016, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Considering College? Don’t Forget These Other Options

When my son was a high school senior he had no idea what he wanted to do after graduation. Since he was an average student, he felt college was not in the cards. Being involved in Junior ROTC throughout high school, he opted for the military instead of college. When he left for boot camp after graduation he was confident he had made the right decision. My daughter on the other hand, knew she wanted to go to college and where she wanted to go. When she graduated, she left for college content she had made the right decision. My ...

Posted Jan. 29, 2016, 9 a.m. by James Paterson | View Comments
Nab a Summer Job – and Make the Most of it.

Good summer jobs are hard to find, yet they’ve become increasingly important for high school students – for the money, experience, and your resume. With youth unemployment numbers at record highs, think about how you can improve your chances of getting a job and making the most of it. Here are some tips: 1. Start early, obviously. Like now. This gives you more time to explore all the options – and shows potential employers that you are forward-thinking and serious. The search process itself is a good project. Make a few contacts each week and set up a spot (physical ...

Posted Dec. 4, 2015, 9 a.m. by Jessica Zdunek | View Comments
How to Balance School and a Part-Time Job

For more and more teens, part-time work isn't an option - it's a necessity. The College Board notes the average tuition and fees for in-state students at four-year public institutions jumped up to more than $9,000 for the 2014-2015 school year, and the cost of a nonprofit private school soared to more than $31,000. Combine those numbers with room and board, books, and miscellaneous expenses, and the total cost of college is staggering. Most parents can't shoulder that expense by themselves, and students are reluctant to take out even more loans. Part-time work won't cover the whole cost of college, ...

Posted Nov. 27, 2015, 9 a.m. by Zachary Bernstein | View Comments
How to be a Leader in High School

What's the most important leadership trait? It's not being afraid to take risks, Jeff Zucker, president of CNN says. Zucker is one of the people interviewed by members of the High School Leadership Academy, a nonprofit that I launched in 2014 to give students in the New York City area a chance to meet with industry leaders and develop leadership skills. Overall, he counseled us that the key to success is to work really hard, be confident and to take risks. He also advised to not be afraid to make mistakes, to admit to a mistake when you make one, ...

Posted Oct. 21, 2015, 8 a.m. by Sarah Lundrum | View Comments
internship interview tips

You’re taking the right courses, studying for the SATs, getting involved in the right programs, so what else is there to do? Why not take the skills you've learned in school and apply it to a real-world setting? High school internships – even unpaid ones – will give you the experience you need for college, the working world and beyond. They are a great way to build your high school resume. Just how will you prove to employers that you're the perfect fit for for a a high school internship? Ask yourself these questions to get prepared: 1. Are your ...

Posted Oct. 15, 2015, 9 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
after school activities for teens

Maybe you aren’t the fastest runner out there. Maybe you missed the basket nine times out of 10 the last time you stepped onto the court. Maybe sports just don’t interest you. There is some reason why you aren’t on a sports team this season.Fortunately, there are a lot of activities you can enjoy that give you the benefits of playing a sport that don’t require stepping in front of a 6-foot-4 lineman: 1. Explore yoga Your friends on the lacrosse team will be getting a healthy amount of exercise that you’ll be missing. The health benefits of daily exertion ...

Posted Oct. 9, 2015, 8 a.m. by Sarah Lundrum | View Comments
Four high mistakes that can blow your chances of getting a job later

You’ve probably been dreaming of getting to high school since you slipped on your backpack and walked into elementary school for the first time. After all, high schoolers seemed so much cooler: They could drive, they went to prom, they got to stay out late. As a high-schooler now, though, you know that there are lots of pressures that come with being a big kid. While some mistakes come with only minor repercussions, others can have big effects on your life and your future. That’s why you need a roadmap to avoid the following four mistakes that could otherwise cause ...

Posted Aug. 19, 2015, 8 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
save your money

Wouldn’t it be nice if mom and dad were walking ATM machines? Sadly, you have to always be asking for money, learning to live on your allowance, or trying to figure out how to make your paycheck stretch to save for college and buy those concert tickets. And, no matter how you get your spending money, blowing every penny of it leaves you broke when something special comes along, doesn’t do much to impress your parents and is a bad life skill. So here are three tips to help you have something to spend on Friday night - and have ...

Posted July 29, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rowena Lindsay | View Comments
first-timers-guide-managing-your-finances

It is never a good feeling to check your bank account and realize you have way less money that you thought you did. First, there is the sinking feeling when you see that there is less in the total balance than there used to be. Then, panic sets in, followed by regret. What did I spend all that money on? So whilte you are in high school, get into the habit of keeping track of your own finances while you still have your parents to fall back on. 1. Credit cards? Use your phone. It can be really easy to ...

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