Finding a first job in Canberra
September 11, 2010 5:34 AM Subscribe
What are some non-obvious ways of encouraging an 18-year-old who has never held a real job to get out there and really get looking?
posted by Logophiliac to Work & Money (27 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I have two sons who live apart from me--about ten thousand miles apart. No problem with the father-son relationship, I stress. The elder has a job and a girlfriend and is going to university next year. The younger has no job and no girlfriend and is bored out of his mind. He assures me that he really is looking for a job, and I'm sure that he really is. But I dread the possibility that he will simply let the boredom get the better of him and stop trying. He isn't the most confident kid and I think this might be a lot of the problem. So, Canberra mefites and anyone else who cares to offer a suggestion--some ways to boost his confidence, to fill up the inevitable gap in his CV, and to ward off the grand ennui?
He had some part-time work while he was in high school, so he isn't completely without work experience, but this will be his first "real" job.
He knows about the obvious ways of finding work and I've already suggested that he look around for volunteer work (he has in fact done a little of this) and that he look at joining the reserve armed forces.