Motivating our Youth: Employment and Prosperity
MOTIVATING OUR YOUTH: EMPLOYMENT AND PROSPERITY 1
Motivating our Youth: Employment and Prosperity
Alexander J Guckenberger
Harford Community College
MOTIVATING OUR YOUTH: EMPLOYMENT AND PROSPERITY 2: Abstract
Adolescents are more capable than the stereotype would suggest. Those people who possess jobs during their youth possess advantages both during their adolescence and later in life. Among said advantages include easier transition into the responsibilities of adulthood, tendencies to be happier, and (perhaps most important of all) the increased thrive to succeed that seems to be increasingly necessary in our society.
MOTIVATING OUR YOUTH: EMPLOYMENT AND PROSPERITY 3
The youth of a generation are too often thought of as being lazy, incapable, and not ready for adult responsibilities. For example, that today’s young people are not yet prepared to enter the labor force. However, there is research that would suggest otherwise. Those people who work during their transition from childhood to adulthood are more likely to go through this process with greater ease than those who do not, these people have a tendency to be happier, and (most important to many of our concerns) these young people often receive a greater thrive to be a successful member of their respective society.
The responsibilities of adulthood are many and vast. Adolescents are at a crucial time when they have an opportunity to begin to make their complete transformation into a functioning adult much easier than those who start with this venture well into adulthood. They are at a time wherein they can obtain important skills during their schooling that can and should help them along in their career. According to The Educational and Personal Consequences of Adolescent Employment “... students employed in jobs where they can develop skills may experience less unemployment and higher wages in their early labor-market experience…” (Schoenhals, Tienda, & Schneider, 1998, p. 726). This life building experience is also not uncommon as “[b]y their senior year in high school, 80% of all adolescents have held… jobs” (Mael, & Morath, 1997, p. 351). Twenty percent is a significant number when applied to human beings that are not participating in a major life building experience. However, optimism triumphs with the realization “... that young people are participating in paid work at younger ages…” (McDonald, & Graham, 2011, p. 48).
MOTIVATING OUR YOUTH: EMPLOYMENT AND PROSPERITY 4
Known to many, work can help one to feel happy and emotionally satisfied. This is true of all people, however it is especially true of the adolescent. Young men and women need emotional stability during their earlier years and jobs can help to provide this internal necessity to them. The lack of jobs available to adolescents in Africa has been referred to as “human misery” (Anyanwu, 2013, p. 107). The implication is clearly that the reverse should be that increased increased youth employment would increase the joys of those on their way to adulthood. One academic journal informs its audience that “youth employment… leads to better social equalities” among many other positive outcomes (Anyanwu, 2013, p. 108).
It is not unknown to many adults that contributions to society and the desire for personal betterment are generally thought of as positive qualities to be had by a given person. People who gain employment during their younger years are more likely to develop such qualities long before those who have a much later start within the World of employment. This was evidenced when “it was shown that those who work during school are generally also more successful in various aspects of high school endeavor” (Mael, & Morath, 1997, p. 364). One group of scholars go so far as to state for some adolescents “having a job may be indicative of positive youth development including aspirations to improve one’s circumstances” (Leventhal, Graber, & Brooks-Gunn, 2001, p. 298). There even exists evidence that certain forms of adolescent employment “is positively associated with high school completion” and that such “findings suggest… beneficial effects of adolescent employment on educational attainment… “ (Leventhal, Graber, & Brooks-Gunn, 2001, p. 301). Young people can be crowned with the sovereignty that is ready to be accessed with the aid of early employment.
MOTIVATING OUR YOUTH: EMPLOYMENT AND PROSPERITY 5
Employed adolescents find personal growth into adulthood much easier, they are emotionally more positive, and they are far more success oriented at an earlier than those young people who are not employed during their adolescence. If we, as a global society, so desire the best for coming generations, then we should consider inspiring our World’s children to grow into capable adults by prompting them to enter the workforce.
MOTIVATING OUR YOUTH: EMPLOYMENT AND PROSPERITY 6: References
Anyanwu, J. C. (2013). Characteristics and Macroeconomic Determinants of Youth Employment in Africa. African Development Review, 25(2), 107-129. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8268:2013.12019.x
Leventhal, T., Graber, J. A., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (2001). Adolescent Transitions to Young Adulthood: Antecedents, Correlates, and Consequences of Adolescent Employment. Journal Of Research On Adolescence (Wiley-Blackwell), 11(3), 297.
Mael, F. A., & Morath, R. A. (1997). Dimensions of Adolescent Employment. Career Development Quarterly, 45(4), 351-368.
McDonald, P., & Graham, T. (2011). Researching employment relations. Youth Studies Australia, 30(2), 48-56.
Schoenhals, M., Tienda, M., & Schneider, B. (1998). The Educational and Personal Consequences of Adolescent Employment. Social Forces, 77(2), 723-762.
'Youth' by Matisyahu
Questions & Answers
© 2019 Alexander James Guckenberger