Growing up, I remember how great it felt to receive allowance from my parents. I had the ability to buy the things my little heart desired. As a school age child between the ages of 7-10, the things that were at the top of my list were candies, chips, sodas, bubblegum, and icecream.
The amount of money my parents gave me fulfilled all of the urges my young mind could think of!
As time progressed and I became a teenager, my desires shifted to things my allowance could no longer afford. Although, my parents increased my allowance with age, it still wasn't enough to get the things that I truly wanted.
I was a teenager with a changing appearance. I wanted certain types of clothing and shoes to wear. I wanted to experiment with different hairstyles. I also wanted to have enough money to be able to go out with my friends. I wanted things that went far beyond what my weekly allowance could afford.
I voiced to my parents that I would like to have an increase in allowance. They let me know that was the extent of what they were going to give me. I knew that there was nothing I could do to convince them otherwise, so as a teenager in my senior year of highschool, I went out and seeked employment.
It wasn't long before I was called, interviewed and then hired.
Getting a job taught me responsibility.
Yes, handing in homework assignments on time, studying for tests, and meeting to school exactly at 8:00am did so as well, but working and earning my own money, opened the gates to a newly discovered world for me!
I didn't work because my parents wanted me to, I did so because it's something I wanted for me. This felt like a huge accomplishment!
I made it to work on time, every single day that I was said to be on schedule, because I knew I made a commitment that I had to follow through with.
Having my first job as a teenager taught me that If I wanted anything in life, I should always look to myself for those things. No one in this world owed me anything, If I wanted something I needed to put both of my feet forward and strive for it. My first job taught me independence. It felt great to hold my weekly paycheck in my hand and know that I earned it all due to my hard work!
Getting a job also taught me that in this world, although you know you are correct in certain situations, sometimes you have to take a bullet in the behind and swallow your pride.
Working at customer service franchises followed a strict code of "Customers is always right" policy.
I used to be that teen, that always felt the need to argue and prove my side, but I learned sometimes in life you have to stand back and try to resolve issues instead of adding fire to the fuel.
Lets be professional and better help the situation, rather than being a part of the customers devastation.
My first job, helped mold my mind into a well rounded adult. I learned that I can be in tough situations, know how to deal with them, and be okay. I didn't always need my parents help. I could guide myself.
I also learned to take criticism effectively, and how to follow instructions in order to do the best of my capabilities.
Working as a teen had many benefits for me. I enered into adulthood with full confidence and reassurance, knowing that I could do anything I put my mind to.
At what age did you start working?
What did being in the work force teach you?
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